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How are marijuana manufacturing charges determined?

Over the last few years, the United States showed a gradual increase in the acceptance of medicinal and recreational marijuana in certain states. Although still illegal on a federal level, it was not aggressively enforced and generally unofficially left at each state's discretion. The current administration, however, has made a few subtle suggestions that they might not be as apathetic toward drug usage. This can be applied to both drug use and drug possession, as well as drug trafficking and drug manufacturing.

Currently, federal law treated marijuana manufacturing or growing as a Schedule 1 drug. The lone exception was Colorado, which allowed the cultivation of up to six plants. Additionally, several states that allowed medicinal marijuana also allowed modest manufacturing.

But for those caught with illegally cultivating up to 50 plants, penalties may include up to five years in prison. These penalties rise significantly for higher quantities, with a drug manufacturer with one thousand or more plants facing a possible life sentence.

Drug charges like drug possession can be serious, but things ramp up even higher for those charged with distribution and even higher still for those facing drug manufacturing. If you are facing drug charges such as drug manufacturing, it is in your best interests to protect your future by finding a strong criminal defense team to fight the charges. Your future is too valuable to waste, and having a strong team at your side can make all the difference between a life behind bars and a life of freedom.

Source: findlaw.com, "Drug Manufacturing and Cultivation," Accessed, May 15, 2017

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