Champaign Marijuana Defense Blog

October 19th, 2021

How to Avoid a Marijuana Possession Charge

Now that recreational marijuana use by adults is legal in Illinois, I can’t get arrested for possession of marijuana, right? Wrong. Although Illinois has relaxed certain restrictions relating to an adult’s possession and use of recreational marijuana, you can still be arrested and face stiff penalties for violating numerous regulations that are still in place....

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May 27th, 2015

Student receives reduced charges and probation after pleading guilty

A student from the University of Illinois was sentenced after pleading guilty to the Class 3 felony of one count of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver between 30-500 grams, according to the News-Gazette on May 27. For pleading guilty, the student received a reprieve on more serious charges brought against her, including the intent...

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January 14th, 2015

Hoopeston man arrested for cannabis possession

Thirty-four-year-old Hoopeston, Illinois resident Kareem Marshall is currently detained at the Champaign County Jail with a $10,000 bond after being arrested for charges of felony unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis, The News-Gazette reported on December 31. A police report showed that Marshall, holding a duffel bag, asked the clerk on duty at the front...

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August 6th, 2013

Marijuana found in one of Justin Beiber’s tour buses

Prior to Canadian teen singer Justin Bieber’s performance at the Joe Louis Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, June 28, police authorities confiscated a sufficient amount of marijuana for personal use from one of his tour buses. According to an e-mail sent by U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief public liaisons officer Kenneth Hammond...

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March 27th, 2013

Medical condition saves drug cartel member from prison sentence

A 25-year-old Saybrook resident, who was a defendant in a McLean County drug trafficking case, was kept from getting almost a decade in prison due to a serious medical affliction that he has had since childhood. Dustin Pulliam, who was involved in a massive marijuana shipment operation from California to multiple sources in McLean County,...

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November 4th, 2011

Urbana man sentenced to 12 years in prison for drug possession

Ricardo Hite, 57, of Urbana was sentenced to 12 years in prison for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. This is the latest in a series of drug-related offenses that Hite has been charged with. He was sent to prison for two prior drug cases. Hite pleaded guilty to this recent offense in...

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October 15th, 2009

The various penalties for marijuana possession in Illinois

Under almost any circumstance, possession of marijuana is illegal in Illinois. For people convicted of marijuana possession, they face legal penalties that range depending on the amount of illegal substance in possession. For instance, a person who is in possession of marijuana that weighs less than 2.5 grams could receive a Class C misdemeanor and...

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