Although cultural views of marijuana are changing in our country, Florida still has tough laws regarding its use and growth. Cultivating marijuana for any reason is illegal in Florida, and federal laws may also be applicable. If arrested for cannabis cultivation, you may be facing a lengthy prison sentence or steep fines.
There are ways to defend yourself from these allegations, however. With the help of an experienced marijuana defense attorney, you may be able to get your charges dropped or win a not-guilty verdict.
The attorneys at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are prepared to give you the personalized attention that is necessary to analyze your case. By examining the details surrounding your charges and arrest, it's possible to find a weakness in the prosecution's case. When your future is on the line, you need an experienced defense lawyer to fight aggressively to have your charges reduced or dropped altogether.
Call today at to schedule your free consultation about your unique circumstances. An attorney can review the details of your unique case and discuss your options. Our firm helps clients in the Florida Panhandle, including Fort Walton Beach, Bonifay, Pensacola, Shalimar, and Destin.
According to Florida Statute 893.1351, it is illegal to own or rent any place with the knowledge that this place will be used to grow marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute it to others. Being responsible for the building in this way can result in a third-degree felony, carrying a possible sentence of up to 5 years in prison and / or up to $5,000 in fines.
Similarly, if a person owns a place at which they know that marijuana is being distributed or sold, they may face a second-degree felony, which can be punished by up to 15 years in prison and / or up to $10,000 in fines.
In the event that a minor under 18 is present for the distribution or lives in the structure and the person owning the building has knowledge of that fact, they can be charged with a first-degree felony. This has a possibility of up to 30 years in prison and / or up to $10,000 in fines.
In addition, if a structure contains 25 or more marijuana plants, this constitutes proof that the plants are intended for sale, and the charges can increase to include up to 15 years in prison.
Federal law also classifies the manufacturing of cannabis with the intent to distribute it as a felony offense. Under the U.S. Controlled Substance Act, the penalties can be severe and include jail time and fines depending on the amount produced and the history of the offender. These can range from less than 5 years to life in prison and / or up to $8,000,000 in fines.
Florida Statute 893.01 defines the specific plants considered to be "cannabis" and therefore illegal to cultivate or possess. Seeds, resin, salt, and other compounds are also included in these laws. Cultivating a plant is defined as physically tending the plant to encourage its growth.
Manufacturing the drug, however, refers to creating a controlled substance, including methods for extracting part of the plant, using chemical synthesis to produce a usable drug, and other methods of preparing the plants for use.
The sentencing for marijuana manufacture can escalate quickly. It is important to have an experienced defense lawyer to keep you informed about your options and fight to defend your future. When facing years of prison time and thousands in fines, you want to be sure that your DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney is the right one.
Call our firm at or submit an online form today to schedule a free consultation. We proudly represent clients in all areas of the Florida Panhandle, including Noma, Fort Walton Beach, Bonifay, Freeport, and Paxton.