In Florida, it is illegal for an individual to possess, sell, or manufacture
a controlled substance such as methamphetamine or marijuana. Possession
is the most common type of drug crime and refers to the ownership of a
drug in an amount that is sufficient for personal use. While the possession
of a drug does not in itself constitute manufacturing, a prosecutor may
only need to prove that intent to manufacture existed in order to secure
Drug manufacturing refers to the creation, or intent to create, a quantity
of a controlled substance greater than what is considered to be for personal
use. Simply owning the tools or chemicals necessary to create a controlled
substance may be enough to constitute intent. If a person has prepared
soil for plant growth and also possesses cannabis plant seeds, a prosecutor
can and most likely will argue that this would be indicative of intent
Drug manufacturing charges can also extend to Individuals who facilitate
the means for production to occur. For example, a property owner who knowingly
leases a building for the purposes of creating a controlled substance
may be charged for drug manufacturing.
All drug manufacturing crimes are felonies and carry penalties that vary
depending on the amount of a substance produced, where it was manufactured,
and the type of drug. Marijuana cultivation, for example, can result in
a jail sentence of up to five years and up to $5,000 in fines. Penalties
can also increase if the alleged crime took place within the immediate
vicinity of a school or park.
Individuals who have been accused of drug manufacturing will likely also
be charged with related crimes such as possession or possession with intent
to sell. If the quantity of a controlled substance is especially large,
such as more than 28 grams of cocaine, individuals may incur a drug trafficking
charge. The amount of a controlled substance necessary to quality for
a trafficking charge is different for each substance as well.
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