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Is 2 1/2 Pounds of Marijuana A Lot?

Recently Cincinnati Bengals players have been charged in Northern Kentucky with receiving two and a half pounds of marijuana via delivery service from a sender in California. Many people are asking is this considered a personal use amount of marijuana or is this an amount intended for sale. First, let me begin by saying that I am not commenting on the actual criminal case against any person or against either of the Bengal players who live in Northern Kentucky. It would appear at first glance that they have some valid defenses to the charges herein as they did not handle or send the package and it was addressed to an individual who does not play in the NFL. The prosecution will likely try to prove that they knew or should have known; likely attempting to get the other individuals to testify against the more high profile defendants. If you have any knowledge of marijuana, a quarter bag is actually 1/4 of an ounce of marijuana. Personal use usually begins with a 5-10 cent bag, which is 5-10% of an ounce. An ounce would keep a regular user high for over a month. In Kentucky, simple possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor. If a defendant has more than 8 ounces, that possession becomes a felony amount. The basic reason is that it is presumed that the person will not be using more than 8 ounces for personal use. In addition, with the amount in question, it is likely that the charges will include possession with intent to distribute or trafficking of marijuana. Interesting, trafficking of marijuana is a misdemeanor unless done within 1000 yards of a school or daycare facility. In case you didn't also know, 8 ounces is 1/2 of a pound. Therefore, in Kentucky 2.5 lbs is equivalent to five times (5x) the felony limit. There may also be federal charges for sending illegal drugs through the mail, using a shipper to send marijuana or crossing state lines. In the instant case, it will be interesting to see how many people are involved, who will be charged and ultimately accept responsibility and which government agency: state, local, federal, will be responsible for prosecution. If federal, it is also possible that the charges could stem from Northern Kentucky, California or both. If you have questions you may post to my website here. If you have been charged with a drug offense or believe that you are being investigated and wish to speak with me, contact my office at 859-581-6453.

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