On Tuesday, July 28th, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s
(DEA) new chief, Chuck Rosenberg, stated that marijuana was “probably
not” as dangerous as heroin.
He declared the following: “If you want me to say that marijuana’s
not dangerous, I’m not going to say that because I think it is.
Do I think it’s as dangerous as heroin? Probably not. I’m
not an expert.”
He noted that the DEA will continue to regulate marijuana under the current
legal standards, but may not place those cases high on the priority list.
His efforts with the DEA as the administrative leader in the interim will
be to work on “classifying, declassifying, and reclassifying drugs,”
and placing more of a focus on more harmful narcotics, such as heroin.
Rosenberg’s opinion digresses from that of the administration’s
former chief, Michele Leonhart. She once called marijuana an “insidious”
drug and compared it to the effects of crack cocaine or heroin. She once
argued that drug-related violence was linked to a high number of underage
deaths between 2006 and 2010. Leonhart also encouraged much more aggressive
supervision of marijuana.
Penalties For Marijuana Possession In Nevada
As of now, only time will tell how Rosenberg’s stance will affect
the standards for regulating marijuana usage, distribution, and cultivation.
We may also face prosecution under Nevada state laws.
These are the current penalties for
possession less than one ounce of marijuana:
1st offense: misdemeanor, fine up to $600, participation in drug rehabilitation
2nd offense: misdemeanor, fine up to $1, 000, participation in drug rehabilitation
3rd offense: gross misdemeanor, fine up to $2, 000, up to 1 year in jail
- 4 offenses or more: felony, fine up to $5, 000, 1 to 4 years in state prison
In comparison to other states, these penalties may not seem so harsh. Keep
in mind, however that the penalties are substantially more severe. As
an example, even if it is your first offense, possessing more than one ounce of
marijuana becomes is considered a felony-level charge.
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