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Marijuana Penalties May Be Revised

Herb Fellow

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It's a class-4 felony in South Dakota to give or sell any amount of marijuana to a minor punishable by up to 10 years in prison no matter how little or how much pot winds up in a kid's hands.

However, the attorney general's office is pushing legislation that would base the punishment on the amounts of marijuana that minors receive. HB1061 would go a little easier on small amounts of marijuana but a lot tougher for large amounts.

Up to 1 ounce of pot given to kids could bring 5 years behind bars. 1 ounce to a half pound would bring a maximum prison term of 10 years. From a half pound to 1 pound would be 15 years, and amounts over a pound would bring a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

Source: KXMC CBS 13
Copyright: 2008, The Associated Press
Contact: By AP Writer Joe Kafka
Website: Marijuana penalties may be revised | KXNet.com North Dakota News
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