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Penalties for Marijuana Cultivation

While marijuana has either been legalized or decriminalized in several states across the U.S, cultivation of the drug with intent to dispense, sell, or distribute still carries specific penalties within Massachusetts. In order to legally cultivate the Class D substance, a qualifying patient or caregiver must apply for a hardship cultivation registration. This certification would allow the patient to grow no more than 10 ounces—or a 60-day supply—for no reason other than for personal, medical use. Any marijuana cultivation that deviates from these acceptable standards can result in varying fines and imprisonment, depending on the amount cultivated and the history of the offender. Drug-related crimes have the potential to negatively affect the long-term course of one’s life and attorney James Powderly wants you to know about your right to defend yourself from harsh penalties for this non-violent offense.

Charges for Distribution or Cultivation

The penalty for a distribution or cultivation of marijuana conviction will vary based on how much marijuana is in question, as well as your previous record.

  • Less than 50 lbs. – For a first time offender, this carries a maximum of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. For subsequent offenders, jail time is increased to up to 2.5 years with a max $10,000 fine.
  • 50 lbs. – less than 2,000 lbs. – This carries a penalty of anywhere from 1-15 years in prison and a maximum $25,000 fine.
  • 2,000 lbs. – less than 10,000 lbs. – Minimum jail time is 3.5 years with a max of 15 years and up tp $50,000 fine.
  • Over 10,000 lbs. – This is classified as a felony and carries 8-15 years of jail time and up to $200,000 fine.

These are serious penalties that can have a lasting impact on your life if you are convicted. It is important to find a way to defend yourself if you have been charged with marijuana cultivation to improve your chance of avoiding these harsh penalties.

Contact a Cape Cod Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you or someone you know is facing marijuana cultivation or distribution charges, criminal defense lawyer James Powderly may be able to help protect your rights. Call (508) 343-0676 for a free consultation.