Drug cultivation and drug manufacturing laws make it illegal to produce, grow, and possess certain plants, or other naturally occurring elements, that are used in the production of illegal controlled substances, such as marijuana plants or cannabis seeds. In addition, drug cultivation and manufacturing laws make it a crime to produce illegal controlled substances, such as cocaine, LSD, or ecstasy, all of which require the use of certain chemicals and lab equipment in their production. Federal and state drug cultivation laws vary according to drug type and the amount produced.
In the state of Maryland, it is illegal for non-medical and recreational users of marijuana to use, sell, cultivate, or possess this drug. Law enforcement in Maryland takes this offense very seriously, and between the years of 1995 and 2002, there were over 136,800 arrests for the possession, use, sale, or cultivation of marijuana. The sale or cultivation of marijuana, regardless of the amount, is considered a felony; if convicted, less than 50 pounds can get a person up to five years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine. For the cultivation or sale of marijuana that is more than 50 pounds, the mandatory minimum prison sentence is five years, and may include a fine up to $100,000.
If you are a MD resident facing marijuana cultivation charges, the drug cultivation defense attorneys in Waldorf with Alpert Schreyer can help you build an aggressive defense. The state may sometimes use alternative sentencing, such as rehabilitation, to punish offenders, so a skilled drug defense lawyer can help obtain the best possible outcome in your case. For a free case evaluation, please call (800) 489-1577.