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what happens if you get caught growing weed in california

What happens if you get caught growing weed in california

Because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, the DEA and other federal agencies are still aggressively investigating and prosecuting marijuana grow houses cases. Even in states where marijuana is legal, law enforcement has targeted and raided growers operating in the black market or people grow marijuana without a state license.

As in other investigations, law enforcement also relies on surveillance, especially in cases involving multiple grow houses where law enforcement tries to tie certain houses or individuals together as part of a bigger operation. For example, law enforcement officers are trained to believe that individuals making frequent and short visits to certain houses is a sign of a grow operation, and officers often obtain property records to look for common ownership or potential straw purchases.

What happens during a marijuana grow house investigation?

Those found guilty of marijuana cultivation face a penalty that falls within a spectrum of possible sentences established by legislation. Which penalty will be given depends on the specific facts of the case, as well as the person’s criminal background.

Under the California Health and Safety Code §11358, it unlawful for any person to manufacture or grow marijuana. The law covers any acts associated with the growth or manufacture of marijuana, including cultivating the plants in soil, harvesting the plants, and processing the marijuana.

The sentencing range for marijuana cultivation is up to three years in state prison, up to a $10,000 fine, and probation. If given probation, it is formal probation where the person must report to a probation officer as required. Formal probation is given in cases where the charges and conviction are more serious in nature.

The marijuana laws in California are complex and you need a solid, professional defense attorney by your side if you are facing marijuana cultivation charges. The criminal defense lawyers at Hoffman & Associates have over 30 years of courtroom experience and have represented hundreds of clients facing offenses related to marijuana in California. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss the facts of your case and learn about your legal rights when it comes to marijuana cultivation.

Potential Consequences of a Marijuana Cultivation Conviction