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How much marijuana, please? Has he been adjudicated before?
Yes. It is a good thing you have found the marijuana. It is a felony offense. He will be subjected to 4 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. It will not matter that is under age 18, they can charge him as an adult. Suppose they only charge him a juvenile, then he is subject to spending time in a juvenile detention facility until he is age 21. Either way, it is not a pleasant ending.
I suppose he believes because he is only 17 he would get off, but that is not always the case. The best case scenario would be a deferred judgment and probation and substance abuse treatment, if he were only using. But distribution is another animal altogether and it is taken very seriously. There are no wrist slaps when one is selling an illegal substance, unless it is a proven addict of say heroin and they are selling to maintain a habit. Then a break is given. But when one is doing it for the gain of money at the expense of someone else's habit, they are pretty tough
Perhaps, you should try to explain that he is aiding to the harm of someone else's child, too. That might help get your message across
Or take him on a tour of a juvenile facility. Note that a prison is always worse
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