Consequences of Drug Cultivation & Manufacturing in Arizona

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Consequences of Drug Cultivation and Manufacturing

Possessing drugs can be a criminal offense in Arizona and the same applies to the distribution of drugs. Both of these offenses, however, come with less serious sanctions than the consequences of drug cultivation or manufacturing in Arizona.

The cultivation of drugs like marijuana and the manufacturing of narcotics are both criminal offenses. The penalties are dependent on the specific type of drug and the quantity.

Arizona Regulations

Information about the nature of each criminal offense and the sanctions can be found in the respective Arizona Revised Statutes sections. Some of the most important regulations pertaining to drug cultivation and manufacturing can be found in A.R.S. 13-3405, 13-3406, 13-3407 and 13-3408.

The only exception to these regulations is the cultivation and manufacturing of prescription drugs. To engage in such activities, however, you need to have a valid permit or a state-issued license. The requirements for license issuing are featured in Arizona Revised Statutes 32-1921.

Drug cultivation will primarily refer to growing marijuana plants. Manufacturing typically refers to synthetics like methamphetamines and ecstasy. These are relatively easy to produce in a lab because the ingredients are readily available. The State of Arizona has harsh laws and enforcement campaigns aimed at closing illegal drug manufacturing facilities.

Drug cultivation and manufacturing can be proven in a number of ways. For a start, law enforcement professionals will have to establish that the suspect has the materials and the tools needed for drug growing/manufacturing. In addition, police officers will have to establish that drug manufacturing was occurring for illegal purposes and without the required permit or license.

To grow marijuana legally, you will also need to follow the state requirements for such production. Marijuana plants can’t be simply planted in your backyard. Such plants are to be grown in a locked or an enclosed space that cannot be accessed by just about anyone. As a result, most individuals who have a license will cultivate marijuana plants either indoor or in a greenhouse that enables access control.

Sanctions for Drug Cultivation and Manufacturing

Marijuana cultivation charges carry the smallest penalties, especially when compared to the sanctions for manufacturing dangerous drugs. Those who have been found guilty of illegally growing less than two pounds of marijuana will be committing a Class 5 felony. The minimum sanction is six months in prison, a fine of 1,000 dollars and community service (these apply to first-time offenders).

Cultivating more than four pounds of marijuana is a Class 3 felony. The penalty can range from two to 8.75 years in prison. In addition, the sanctions will include a fine of 1,000 dollars or a court-imposed fine that exhausts the funds generated through the drug offense.

consequences of drug cultivationThose who manufacture a prescription-only drug will be committing a Class 1 misdemeanor. The maximum sentence is six months in prison, a probation spanning three years and a fine of up to 2,500 dollars.

The cultivation and manufacturing of dangerous drugs is classified as a Class 2 felony. The penalty will be a prison sentence ranging from two to 12.5 years. Manufacturing narcotic drugs is also a Class 2 felony that carries the same scope of punishment.

Understand the fact that the possession of drugs is not the same as being charged of manufacturing or growing. For the second, more serious charge to occur, you will have to possess the tools and the supplies that are typically associated with producing the respective type of drug. If you’re found in possession of drugs, you will still face criminal charges. The consequences, however, are likely to be much less severe than in the case of manufacturing drugs. An experienced crime lawyer will consider all the consequences of drug cultivation and manufacturing to construct a suitable defense.