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Understanding Unlawful Marijuana Cultivation Charges
While the laws surrounding marijuana possession in Colorado have become more lenient, cultivating marijuana illegally still constitutes a felony offense. Since the legalization of marijuana in the state, he Federal Sentencing Guidelines dictate that any individual who cultivates marijuana over a specific amount will face serious penalties. If convicted, you could face heavy fines, the loss of your professional license, probation, and up to six years behind bars. You will also have to go through life with the burden of a criminal record.
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Penalties for Illegal Marijuana Cultivation
Under current Colorado law, anyone cultivating over six marijuana plants for their own personal use or for marijuana plants to be grown on property that they control may find themselves facing criminal charges. Amendment 64 also prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from cultivating marijuana.
If you are accused of marijuana cultivation, you may find yourself facing:
- Under six plants: Between six and 18 months in jail and up to $5,000 in fines if the accused is under 21 or cultivating for more than their personal use.
- Between seven and 29 plants: One to three years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
- Over 30 plants: Two to six years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
- Second cultivation offense: Four and 12 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines.
It is important to realize that certain aggravating factors may contribute to the length and severity of the punishment you receive, should you be convicted. The weight and quantity of marijuana found in your possession has a heavy bearing on your case. While you will still be charged with cultivation for growing only one plant, the consequences you receive will not be as severe as if you were arrested for growing acres and acres of marijuana. You will also face heightened penalties if you are growing your drugs near a school or close to a public housing development. If you involved a minor in your operation in any way or if you transferred drugs to a minor, you will also face increased penalties.
Arrested? Get Help From a Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney.
Local, state, and federal law enforcement agents are all responsible for enforcing marijuana cultivation laws throughout Colorado. These agents actively search out grow houses and investigate individuals suspected of cultivating. In some cases, law enforcement may resort to unethical or illegal practices in order to ensnare a suspect. My firm will fully investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest in order to find out if you may have been the victim of illegal search and seizure. There may be crucial evidence that proves you are not guilty, and I will go above and beyond to prepare a tough defense for your case. Do not hesitate to call my firm for a consultation regarding drug offenses. I am available 24/7 to address your concerns.
If you are facing charges for cultivation, contact a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer today to begin!