Marijuana Policy In Utah

 Posted by at 7:09 PM on March 18, 2012  Ending Marijuana Prohibition
Mar 182012
 March 18, 2012

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Utah is one of the most conservative states in the nation, and it shows in Utah’s marijuana laws. There are not a lot of people fighting for marijuana reform in Utah, and even some that are fighting are a bit confused. We once tried to highlight a group in Utah that was working for marijuana reform, just to have them demand that we take down the article because they didn’t give us permission to talk about them. With that type of attitude, it will be a long time before marijuana reform is realized! Below are Utah’s current marijuana laws, courtesy of Utah NORML:

Decriminalized? — No.

Possession of less than 1 oz is a misdemeanor, punishable by 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Possession of 1 oz to 1 lb is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Possession of 1 to 100 lbs is a felony, punishable by 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Possession of more than 100 lbs is a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating any amount is a felony, punishable by 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating in the presence of a minor or within 1,000 feet of a school or other specified area is a felony, increasing the penalties in both categories (up to the judge).

Possession of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, punishable by 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Distributing paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Distributing paraphernalia to a minor is a felony, punishable by 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Any conviction results in a 6 month driving privilege suspension.

Medical Program? — No.

Want to reform marijuana laws in Utah? Below are some good places to get started, via our Utah activism page:

Utah TeaPot Party

4557 S Sunstone Rd
Taylorsville Utah
801-793—0114
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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Malcolm-Kyle/100001700224506 Malcolm Kyle

    Prohibition has finally run it’s course; the lives and livelihoods of hundred’s of millions of people worldwide have been destroyed or severely disrupted; many countries that were once shining beacons of liberty and prosperity have become toxic, repressive, smoldering heaps of hypocrisy, and a gross affront to fundamental human decency. It is now the duty of every last one of us to insure that the people who are responsible for this shameful situation are not simply left in peace to enjoy the wealth and status that their despicable actions have, until now, afforded them. Former and present Prohibitionists must not be allowed to remain “untainted and untouched” from the unconscionable acts that they have viciously committed on their fellow human beings, and even now, still wish to continue doing. – They have provided us with neither safe communities nor safe streets; we will provide them with neither a safe haven to enjoy their ill-gotten gains nor the liberty to repeat such a similar atrocity!Â

  • eating_sunshine

    Mr Green,
    I’m from Utah and you are so correct.  Utah loves the federal money they get for smashing down doors.  The county drug task force where I live, smashed down the wrong door in a no knock search warrant, in less than 5 seconds battle ready cops put 3 bullets into innocent by-stander Todd Blair.  Warning this murder by cops may be disturbing.Â
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44jaZIz6vaYÂ
    This same task force raided Army veteran Matthew Stewart, because a disgruntled girlfriend said he might be growing for his PTSD (no one ever accused him of selling). Matthew awoke to what he thought was people breaking into his house, he shot and killed one, wounded 5.  When he came to his senses he realized they were police, he tried to surrender but was shoot two to three times.  Our insane justice system, in weber county, is trying army veteran Stewart for first degree murder. Among other trumpet up charges.

    Also, i digress, our United States Senator, Orrin Hatch served many years as chair of the Judicial committee, where he oversaw many of the most draconian marijuana laws, including medical marijuana laws, that our country has ever seen.  Now up for re-election he is next inline to be chair of the all powerful finance committee.   Where his reefer madness mind set can wreak even more havoc than before. Â
    Our state caucuses were held on March 15, and Mormon leaders ordered its members to elect delegates for Orrin Hatch.  He is now projected to win in a land slide.    If Mormon leaders get their way, they will have a Mormon president (Mitt Romney), Senate Majority leader (Harry Reid), and the chair on the finance committee (Orrin Hatch).  If this happens in Nov it truly will be a huge blow to the cannabis movement, maybe to our country.Â

    It is so depressing living here in Utah, were Mormons have the highest anti-depressant addiction rate in the world. I dream of moving away from here and getting a real marijuana job.  But, because of the influence Utah has on Washington, it looks like that may never happen. Â

  • Bryan

    I must disagree with some of the things said in this article.
    For one, utah actually does not have some of the toughest penalties in the country. I know its not decriminalized, but many state have maximums of one year or even more.
    Secondly, Utah, in general, hands down some of the most lenient prison sentences in the country, as shown by the states very low incarceration rates. Thus, realistically, your chances of actually serving time are quite low compared to many other states.

    I do agree that the laws are a bit to strict for comfort.

    • Bartismo

      The incarnation rate is low because Utah has a very low crime rate in general.

  • Nonayabizness

    If a minor child is using pot in the home (without the permission of the parents), will the parents be held legally liable in Utah?