Drug charges of any nature are taken extremely seriously in Maryland. Even relatively minor drug-related offenses can carry hefty penalties, as we saw in our discussion of drug classifications. Simply having a controlled substance in your possession illegally is enough to get you into trouble, resulting in fines or even time in prison. However, if you are thought to be involved in the distribution of that substance, you could face even harsher consequences.
In comparison with a sentence for possession, a distribution sentence can be as much as five times as long. This could mean losing a substantial portion of your life to a prison sentence. Furthermore, such a conviction mars your record and can cause you issues with finding future employment. You can even be charged for intending to distribute, whether or not you were successful in the endeavor.