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NHS student charged after being caught smoking pot before school

Scott Seitz2 • Jan 31, 2011 at 9:00 AM

A Norwalk High School student faces a criminal charge after being caught smoking marijuana before classes started Friday.

James E. Farmer, 18, no address provided, was cited for possession of marijuana, Norwalk police said.

The minor misdemeanor offense carries a maximum fine of $150 and no jail time.

The potential punishment for marijuana possession can be more severe if the amount is significant.

A person caught with between 100 to 200 grams faces a fourth-degree misdemeanor, publishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. However, a person caught with more than that faces a felony charge. And, depending on the amount, that charge can range in severity between a fifth-degree felony (30 days in jail; $2,500 fine) to a second-degree felony (eight years in prison; $7,500 to $15,000 fine).

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