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Submitted by brian on

MINNESOTA DRUG FREE ZONES

 

Recently, I was asked some questions about issues related to illegal and illicit drugs that may be brought to or found on school properties.  There were questions about the “drug free zones” as defined for Minnesota schools and in Minnesota statute.  I thought this would be a good topic for the column in the Record.

The information that follows is primarily offered by the Attorney General’s office.  Although this is not limited to drug-free zones at schools, the Attorney General information explains areas which are considered drug-free zones throughout the state. 

According to the Attorney General’s office, this information is based on Minnesota Statute 152.129 and Minnesota Statutes 152.01, 152.021-152.024

 

DRUG FREE ZONES

The law is tough on anyone caught selling or possessing illegal drugs within one city block or three hundred feet of any Minnesota:

•      park

•      drug treatment center

•      public housing project

•      school

•      school bus carrying students

 

School, park, public housing, and drug treatment center zones begin at the boundaries of the property and extend three hundred feet from that point, or one city block, whichever is greater.

 

CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLATIONS

Adults convicted of sale or possession of illegal drugs in a school, park, public housing, or drug treatment center zone can be sentenced as follows:

 

Sale of narcotic drugs

(methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine, crack, opium, heroin), LSD, or 5 kilograms of marijuana

•      Up to 25 years in prison

•      Up to a $500,000 fine

•      Repeat sale - up to 40 years in prison with a required sentence of at least three years

 

Possession of narcotic drugs

(methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine, crack, opium, heroin), or 5 or more dosage units of LSD

•      Up to 20 years in prison

•      Up to a $250,000 fine

•      Repeat possession - up to 30 years in prison with a required sentence of at least two years

 

Sale of 25 kilograms of Marijuana

•      Up to 30 years in prison

•      Up to a $1 million fine

•      Repeat sale - up to 40 years with a required sentence of at least four years.

 

Sale of any amount of Marijuana

•      Up to 15 years in prison

•      Up to a $100,000 fine

•      Repeat sale - up to 30 years in prison with a required sentence of at least one year

 

Sale of other illegal drugs

(speed, PCP, marijuana, or any other drug)

•      Tougher sentences than usual for selling or possessing an illegal drug in a school, park, public housing, or drug treatment center zone

•      Sentencing may be further increased with possession or use of a dangerous weapon in these zones

 

JUVENILE JUSTICE

Juveniles convicted of these crimes who are at least 14 years old can be treated as an adult and sentenced in an adult court.

 

CONTACTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Minnesota Attorney General's Office 

1400 Bremer Tower

445 Minnesota Street

St. Paul, MN 55101

 

(651) 296-3353 • 1-800-657-3787  

TTY (651) 297-7206 • TTY 1-800-366-4812

 www.ag.state.mn.us