Marijuana Arrests Rise Slightly

Amherst CountyAmherst County saw a slight uptick in marijuana arrests last year. According to statistics obtained by the Sheriff’s Office, there were 83 marijuana violations in 2014— compared to the 78 in reported in 2013. Arrests, offficials say primarily occurred in the Madison Heights area. Roughly 60 percent of offenders during both years were men under the age of 30, but did include some charges against minors. According to the New Era Progress, there were few instances of marijuana manufacturing in the county over the course of two years. In Virginia, a charge of possession of pot could results in 30 days jail and/or a fine of $500.

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