One of the other experts pointed something out to me. Your son's friend was actually charged with possession with intent to sell. This is covered in a more general category...
Possession of marijuana for sale is covered by California Health and Safety Code section 11359, which reads:
11359. Every person who possesses for sale any marijuana, except as otherwise provided by law, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison.
As an otherwise unspecified felony, the punishment is as prescribed in Penal Code section 18, which reads as follows:
18. Except in cases where a different punishment is prescribed by any law of this state, every offense declared to be a felony, or to be punishable by imprisonment in a state prison, is punishable by imprisonment in any of the state prisons for 16 months, or two or
three years; provided, however, every offense which is prescribed by any law of the state to be a felony punishable by imprisonment in any of the state prisons or by a fine, but without an alternate sentence to the county jail, may be punishable by imprisonment in the county
jail not exceeding one year or by a fine, or by both.
The NORML page reference to 2-4 years is for an actual sale of marijuana (W&I section 11360).
Sorry for the misread... also thanks to fellow expert RunTam38 for helping out.
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