Laws Regarding Drug Cultivation or Manufacture
It is not only illegal to possess drugs like cocaine, marijuana, and meth but is also illegal to manufacture or cultivate these drugs (and many others). In fact, being involved in any step in the manufacturing and/or cultivation process can lead to federal or state charges (Learn what to do if you are facing a federal charge). The drug manufacturing process is often quite complicated – with many different steps and procedures involved – which means that there are plenty of places that you can come up against serious charges along the way (from the plan’s inception to the manufacture or cultivation, distribution, and sale of the illegal drugs in question).
Read more about Drug Possession Charges and Penalty Groups.
The Facilitation of Drug Manufacture or Cultivation
If you are determined to have played any role in facilitating the manufacture or cultivation of illegal drugs, you can face serious charges. Such facilitation can include any form of any of the following two basic classifications:
Selling specialized equipment that is used in the manufacture and/or cultivation of illegal drugs
Creating specific chemicals that are required precursor elements used in the manufacture and/or cultivation of illegal drugs
A better understanding of the intricacies involved in these charges can help you better protect yourself.
Is the Equipment Drug Cultivation Equipment?
The dividing line between whether the equipment you possess is drug cultivation equipment or not is generally very fine. Ultimately, the police will need to have evidence that demonstrates probable cause for determining that the allegedly suspicious equipment you possess is used for the cultivation and/or manufacture of illegal drugs.
The Example of Marijuana
Let’s consider the example of marijuana. First of all, the point should be made that, regardless of the fact that states far and wide are legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, this is not the case in Texas. Further, although Texas has softened its stance somewhat on the simple possession of small amounts of marijuana, this does not alter the fact that cultivation of this illegal drug is a far more serious matter than simple possession and that it comes equipped with far more serious charges and penalties. While the possession of marijuana seeds – in and of itself – may not be enough for an arrest based on the intent to cultivate – if you are also in possession of specialized grow lights, it can tip the legal balance against you. In other words, it is complicated, and you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced criminal lawyer on your side.
Marijuana possession laws have been proposed in Texas. Click here to read more.
It Is Time to Consult with an Experienced Killeen Criminal Lawyer
If you have been charged with drug cultivation or manufacture – or any other drug charge – Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is a reputable criminal lawyer who is well acquainted with the intricacies and complications inherent to these charges and has the legal insight and drive necessary to help. To learn more about how we can help you, please do not wait to contact us online or call us at 254-501-4040 today.