Even after legalization, possession, cultivation, and distribution of marijuana still involves a number of criminal charges, including penalties for:
Marijuana Offenses in California
In many cases, an overzealous prosecutor may try and get a defendant to plead guilty to certain charges in exchange for dropping other, more serious drug charges. However, before you plead guilty to any criminal charges, make sure you understand your rights to growing marijuana in California. Talk to an East Bay lawyer with experience defending people charged with cultivation of marijuana.
Marijuana Cultivation Defenses
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Twenty years later, California joined the handful of other states when it legalized the recreational use of marijuana with Proposition 64. Since then, it has been legal for most Californians to grow marijuana for their personal use. However, there are limits to who can grow and how much they can grow. Unlawful marijuana cultivation can still result in criminal penalties.
Cannabis status by state
Since its establishment in 1983, the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting has had more than 110 law enforcement agencies involved, making it one of the largest law enforcement task forces in the U.S.
Licensed to grow, manufacture and sell
State license issuance began in 2018, but data isn’t available for that initial year because they were issued as temporary licenses. Data sets begin in 2019, when 12-month annual and provisional licenses began to be issued, using the online licensing systems. Licenses remain active for one year, at which point they can be renewed for an additional 12 months. This list displays counts of when the licenses were first issued, but not each time one was renewed.
Street value?Pot can vary a lot in quality and value, but with a conservative estimate that a plant can yield one pound of average weed at $1,600 a pound, the 1.11 million plants seized in 2020 could have a street value of about $1.77 billion.