Possession of Marijuana and Other Drugs with a Firearm
While Michigan, has passed laws legalizing the recreational use and possession of marijuana it is still not legal on a federal level. Although it is debatable whether the federal government will prosecute those who possess marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, it is fairly clear that those who possess or use marijuana instantly give up their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Under current federal law, any person who uses an illegal controlled substance does not have the right to possess firearms or ammunition in any way. Even those who are using an illegal controlled substance legally and with a prescription still technically are breaking the federal law.
Near the beginning of his term in office, President Barack Obama said he didn’t wish to push federal prosecution against people from states with laws permitting the use of marijuana. In October 2009, U.S. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden circulated a policy memo that confirmed Obama’s earlier statements. The possession of a firearm could clearly result in a federal prosecution when one would otherwise not result.
Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys are bracing for a case where the United States steps in to prosecute what would otherwise be a misdemeanor possession of marijuana by a person lawfully in possession of a firearm. A charge with a firearm would be a felony in federal court.
Possession of a Controlled Substance While Armed
Possible penalties for drug-related offenses when firearms are involved:
- a 1st offense involving a firearm, generally not less than 5 years in the Bureau of Prisons
- if a firearm is brandished, not less than 7 years in prison
- if a firearm is discharged, not less than 10 years in prison
- if a firearm is a short-barreled rifle, short-barreled shotgun, or semiautomatic assault weapon, not less than 10 years
- if a firearm is a machine gun or destructive device, or equipped with a silencer/muffler, not less than 30 years
- 2nd or subsequent offense involving a firearm, generally not less than 25 years in prison
A Successful and Powerful Defense to Federal Drug and Firearms Charges
The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience successfully representing clients on drug and firearms charges in federal and state court in Michigan. The Assistant United States Attorneys in Michigan are some of the most aggressive and skilled prosecutors in the country and not many defense lawyers are up to the task of fearlessly defending a client in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. When you need the assistance of a defense lawyer who will do whatever it takes to get you the best possible outcome, call us at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation and confidential case evaluation. If you complete a Request for Assistance Form, a defense attorney will contact you promptly.
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