In the state of Florida, it is illegal to manufacture a controlled substance such as marijuana, cannabis, cocaine or any other drug on the list of controlled substances. Anyone who, without a license, manufactures or cultivates a drug for personal use or intent to sell can be charged with a second degree felony according to § 893.13 of the Florida statutes. Cultivation is a term that usually refers to growing marijuana or cannabis plants. Marijuana plants are typically cultivated in hot houses or other climate controlled environments. Manufacturing typically refers to the illegal chemical manufacture of scheduled drugs.
In the state of Florida, there are additional penalties for those who are convicted of manufacturing or cultivating an illegal drug without a license near child care facilities, college campuses, public housing facilities and religious facilities. If you have been arrested for drug cultivation or manufacturing, then you need to get in touch with a skilled Tampa drug defense attorney. At Taracks & Associates, we fight aggressively against drug crime allegations so that our clients do not have to face sentences they don't deserve.
In addition to manufacturing drugs, it is also illegal to manufacture drug paraphernalia according to § 893.147 of the Florida statutes.
According to 893.145 of the Florida drug laws,
The term "drug paraphernalia" means all equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, transporting, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance in violation of this chapter
You may also face administrative penalties if your residence or other property has been declared a nuisance by state or local law enforcement agencies according to § 893.138. According to this statute, any premises that has been used on more than two occasions within a six-month period to manufacture or cultivate drugs can be declared as a public nuisance. What administrative actions are taken against public nuisances? The owner of said premises can be issued an order requiring them to cease all criminal activity. If the owner fails to comply, they can face thousands of dollars in fines.
Criminal penalties for cultivation and manufacturing drug crimes can include fines, imprisonment, community restitution and more. The severity of your potential sentence will be based on your criminal history and the nature of your alleged offense. For example, sentencing for Schedule I drug manufacturing crimes will likely be more severe than for Schedule III drug manufacturing crimes. To learn more about the possible penalties you face, contact a Tampa drug crime defense lawyer from our firm directly.
You have options if you have been arrested for the drug crime of cultivation or manufacturing. Every person arrested and charged with a drug crime is innocent until proven guilty. The Tampa criminal defense lawyers at Taracks & Associates can challenge the evidence that is against you. For example, we can attack police procedure and how the evidence was obtained. To begin building a strong defense for you, contact us today. We can give you a free evaluation of your case so that you know the best legal recourse after a drug arrest.