It may seem that possession of marijuana is a minor crime. Some states have even passed laws legalizing possession of small amounts. It is, however, important to note that Minnesota is not one of those states. In fact, if you are caught with more than 1.4 grams (the weight of 2 paper clips) worth in your car, a conviction can be very similar to a first time DWI or DUI.
Under Minnesota Law, if you are convicted of possession of Marijuana in a motor vehicle, you will lose your driving privileges, and you would have a misdemeanor on your permanent record. This conviction could could not only affect insurance rates but it also could have an effect on future job seeking endeavors. Prospective employers and insurance companies alike will be able to find the conviction with a simple background check.
Minn. Stat. 152.027 states:
“A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if the person is the owner of a private motor vehicle, or is the driver of the motor vehicle if the owner is not present, and possesses on the person, or knowingly keeps or allows to be kept within the area of the vehicle normally occupied by the driver or passengers, more than 1.4 grams of marijuana. This area of the vehicle does not include the trunk of the motor vehicle if the vehicle is equipped with a trunk, or another area of the vehicle not normally occupied by the driver or passengers if the vehicle is not equipped with a trunk. A utility or glove compartment is deemed to be within the area occupied by the driver and passengers.”