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My teen was caught with marijuana, what could happen to them?

Marijuana is a popular gateway drug because of how it can introduce users to a wider array of controlled substances. It is the substance that many teenagers first try if experimenting with drugs.

According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, almost 7% of Georgia teens have tried drugs, and most of them used marijuana. If authorities catch a teen with weed, what could happen to them?

They could face legal consequences

Young people between the ages of 12 and 17 caught in possession of less than an ounce of weed may face a misdemeanor charge. This could mean up to a year of probation and $1,000 in fines.

If a teen is in possession of more than an ounce of weed, the state may interpret this as intent to distribute. Teens facing these charges could face even more severe legal penalties, including prison time, depending on the following circumstances:

  • If they are 17, they may be tried as an adult
  • How much marijuana they were caught with
  • If it is a repeat offense

It is important to note that the juvenile court typically tries teenagers. However, teens are vulnerable to other risks that could result from a marijuana possession charge.

Their future could be at stake

Parents with a teenager facing a marijuana possession charge should not take this matter lightly. Drug charges could mean teens face:

  • Suspension or expulsion from school
  • Challenges in applying for college
  • Difficulty finding employment

A marijuana possession charge is serious and can affect a teenager’s future. However, parents can protect their teen and seek legal help on the matter.