It's a misdemeanor offense in Minnesota for a driver to possess more than 1.4 grams of marijuana in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle. It's only a petty misdemeanor offense for the same driver to possess 42.5 grams of marijuana or less in the trunk of a motor vehicle. A petty misdemeanor is considered a noncriminal offense in Minnesota subjecting the violator only to a fine not to exceed $300.00.
A passenger who possesses 42.5 grams or less of marijuana in either the trunk or passenger compartment of a motor vehicle can only be charged with a petty misdemeanor offense.
It's a felony offense for either the driver or passenger to possess more than 42.5 grams of marijuana in the passenger compartment or trunk of a motor vehicle.
If you or someone you know has been charged with possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, you may have a legal defense to the charge based on an illegal search of your vehicle. Call Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Robert J. Shane for a free phone consultation at (612) 339-1024. Mr. Shane has 28 years of criminal defense experience.