Maine Drug Possession Defense Attorney
Serving these areas in Maine: Portland, Augusta, Biddeford, Saco, and Bangor
Even though many people think that Maine is too small of a state to have major drug trafficking or substance abuse, Cumberland County has been included as one of the New England High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. The two most serious drug problems in Maine involve marijuana and diverted pharmaceutical drugs, but cocaine and heroin also show up in moderate quantities throughout the state. The drug enforcement agents in Maine are notorious for arrested residents of Maine and other states as well for possession of any amount of illicit drugs.
More than 2,000 people were arrested in 2006 in Maine for possession of marijuana and more than 400 of those arrested were juveniles. Drug possession is one of the most popular juvenile offenses committed across the country, and the penalties for this drug crime depend on the classification of the drug and the amount found.
The following drug schedule is taken from the Maine Revised Statutes Title 17-A, Chapter 45, §1102:
- Schedule W: includes cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, and Vicodin
- Schedule X: includes hallucinogenic drugs, hashish, and drugs that depress the central nervous system
- Schedule Y: Codeine, Barbitol and other prescription drugs
- Schedule Z: marijuana, all prescription drugs other than those included in previous schedules
Possession of Marijuana
This offense has increased in popularity ever since Maine became the fifth state to enact the Medical Marijuana Act. Anyone who possesses a usable amount of marijuana commits a civil violation that will be punished by a fine ranging from $350-600. The penalties for marijuana possession in Maine increase significantly for possession up to 1 ¼ ounces and for possession of over 1 ¼ ounces to 2 ½ ounces and can be classified as offenses ranging from a Class B crime to a Class E crime depending on the amount.