720 ILCS 550/4 – Possession of Cannabis / Marijuana


  • Up to a Class 1 Felony
  • 4-15 years in prison
  • Fine up to $25,000
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Illinois still criminalizes the unlawful possession of cannabis.  The law regarding the possession of cannabis can be found in 720 ILCS 550/4 [5015000] [5015100] [5015200] [5015300] [5015400] [5015500] [11045] [11046].  All cases involving the possession of cannabis can be treated as a criminal charge and lead to arrest and possible imprisonment.  Like other illegal drugs in Illinois, the greater the quantity of cannabis possessed, the greater the possible punishment.  Cases in which the defendant possesses under 30 grams is considered a misdemeanor offense, which carries a maximum of 364 days in county jail and a fine up to $2,500.  A person caught in possession of over 30 grams of marijuana faces felony charges according to 720 ILCS 550/4.  The most serious cannabis cases involve the possession of over 5,000 grams.  The defendants can face up to 15 years in prison.


Cannabis Possession Defense Attorney – Andrew Weisberg


If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with cannabis possession under 720 ILCS 550/4, you should immediately contact an experienced cannabis defense attorney like Andrew M. Weisberg.  As a former cannabis possession prosecutor, Mr. Weisberg understands these cases from all angles.  He will fight to give you the best possible outcome in your case.  Mr. Weisberg can be reached at the office or any time on his cell phone at (773) 453-2140.


The following is a list of possible cannabis possession offenses as well as possible penalties upon conviction.  An experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney can help you avoid these harsh penalties.  Contact Andrew Weisberg today so he can discuss the best way to defend you in court.


Possession of Cannabis


0-2.5 grams               720 ILCS 550/4(a)                            Class C             1-30 days

2.5-10 grams             720 ILCS 550/4(b)                            Class B             1-180 days

10-30 grams              720 ILCS 550/4(c)                            Class A             1-364 days

30-500 grams            720 ILCS 550/4(d)                            Class 4             1-3 years

500-2,000 grams       720 ILCS 550/4(e)                            Class 3             2-5 years

2,000-5,000 grams    720 ILCS 550/4(f)                             Class 2             3-7 years

5,000+ grams           720 ILCS 550/4(g)                            Class 1             4-15 years


Former Cannabis Possession Prosecutor – Fighting for You! 720 ILCS 550/4 Cases


Andrew Weisberg spent several of his early years as a felony level prosecutor, representing the People of the State of Illinois in cannabis possession prosecutions under 720 ILCS 550/4. In his years as a Cook County and Will County prosecutor, he litigated hundreds of cannabis cases along with all other narcotics cases. Mr. Weisberg offers a unique perspective when it comes to the defense of Chicago area cannabis cases.  As a former prosecutor, he can often anticipate the strategies employed by drug prosecutors and attack and defeat those strategies. An aggressive and experienced Chicago cannabis possession attorney like Mr. Weisberg will fight tirelessly to protect your future and freedom. Mr. Weisberg can defend you in the following cases:


  • Cannabis / Marijuana Possession 720 ILCS 550/4
  • Possession of Cannabis / Marijuana with Intent to Deliver 720 ILCS 550/5(a)
  • Possession of a controlled substance 720 ILCS 570/402(c)
  • Heroin Possession 720 ILCS 570/402(c)
  • Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver 720 ILCS 570/401(d)
  • Cocaine Possession 720 ILCS 570/402(c)
  • Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver 720 ILCS 570/401(d)
  • Any other drug cases


When Experience Matters – Andrew M. Weisberg


If you or a loved one face marijuana possession charges under 720 ILCS 550/4 or other narcotics charges in Chicago or the suburbs, do not entrust your case to a lawyer without the experience, compassion and reputation of Chicago drug attorney Andrew M. Weisberg. Contact Chicago area marijuana possession defense lawyer Andrew Weisberg.  Call his office or 24/7 by cell at (773) 453-2140.