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Cultivation of Illegal Drugs

It is illegal in the state of California to cultivate marijuana. The cultivation of this drug means that the charged individual grew and cared for the hemp plant for the purpose of harvesting marijuana. It is illegal to grow the plant with the intention of using, distributing, or selling the drug. According to §HS 11358 of California's Health and Safety Codes, this crime is worthy of imprisonment in the state penitentiary. These cases are highly prosecuted in California and can result in severe penalties.

How can cultivation charges affect your life?

There are many laws governing the cultivation of illegal drugs such as marijuana. It is unlawful to plant, grow, or harvest marijuana plants. The possession of drugs carries severe penalties but under California law, cultivation is given more weight and penalized more heavily. Whether the defendant cultivated the marijuana for personal or external sale or distribution, the related criminal charges can range in severity. Anyone who cultivates marijuana may be prosecuted with felony charges.

Penalties

The cultivation and growth of marijuana can result in a felony sentence of up to 16 months or 2 to 3 years in a county jail. The sentence can be longer if the defendant has a prior criminal record. Manufacturing a drug can lead to a $50,000 fine and imprisonment for up to seven years. Although the penalties depend on the drug in question and the circumstances, these are serious issues that can result in severe penalties and should not be taken lightly.

Drug Cultivation Defenses

You can build a defense in regards to your drug cultivation charge if you have a doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana. Your charges can be lessened or dropped if you are the personal caregiver of a patient who has been recommended for medical marijuana. Another way that you can be defended is if you have a state-issued license for cultivation.

If you have been charged with the drug crime of cultivation, you can face serious ramifications from being found out. It is vital to obtain the help of a lawyer who can defend you. Rather than waiting until you have lost your ability to find a job or purchase a car, call our office today for helpful representation.

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