Understanding the law on drug cultivation

Just as it is illegal to have drugs such as methamphetamine or cocaine in your possession, it is also illegal to cultivate or manufacture them. Being involved in any stage of the illicit drug manufacturing process can be considered to be a crime under federal law.

This means that if you are found to have any involvement in the facilitation of drug manufacturers, whether you have been selling specialized equipment or creating certain precursor chemicals, you may be at risk of being charged with a crime. In order to avoid serious legal consequences, it is important that you understand how the law applies to your situation. The following is an overview of the elements of the crime of drug cultivation and manufacturing.

Possession of drug cultivation equipment

So many different types of equipment and materials can be used in the process of manufacturing illegal drugs. Therefore drawing the line between legal but suspicious equipment and materials that are evidence of wrongdoing can be sometimes difficult. Generally, the equipment found needs to be enough to show probable cause so that an arrest can be made.

Displaying an intent to manufacture

Possessing marijuana seeds may not be enough evidence to show evidence of intent to cultivate. However, if you are also in the possession of specialist grow lamps, you may be in a situation where you find it difficult to defend yourself.

No matter what type of drug crime you have been accused of, it can always be possible to successfully defend yourself. To do so, you should take early action to understand how the law applies to your situation.