October 1, 2013

Narcotics Division Makes Arrests in St. Mary's County

The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations Narcotics Division arrested a 46-year-old man after they discovered an extensive marijuana growing operation. According to Southern Maryland Online, detectives executed a search and seizure warrant on the 46-year-old Lexington Park home and recovered plants in various stages of cultivation as well as completed products and manufacturing paraphernalia. The man has been charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Officers also arrested a 25-year-old woman for possessing oxycodone with the intent to distribute and passing fraudulent prescriptions to obtain oxycodone.

Under Maryland law, there is a wide range of drug crimes that may be prosecuted. Some of the drug charges that can result in severe penalties, regardless of the type of drug involved, include drug possession, drug possession with intent to sell, drug manufacturing, distribution, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a false prescription.

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December 29, 2011

Is Marijuana Drug Cultivation in Maryland Illegal?

marijuana-bush_1429104.jpgDrug cultivation and drug manufacturing laws make it illegal to produce, grow, and possess certain plants, or other naturally occurring elements, that are used in the production of illegal controlled substances, such as marijuana plants or cannabis seeds. In addition, drug cultivation and manufacturing laws make it a crime to produce illegal controlled substances, such as cocaine, LSD, or ecstasy, all of which require the use of certain chemicals and lab equipment in their production. Federal and state drug cultivation laws vary according to drug type and the amount produced.

In the state of Maryland, it is illegal for non-medical and recreational users of marijuana to use, sell, cultivate, or possess this drug. Law enforcement in Maryland takes this offense very seriously, and between the years of 1995 and 2002, there were over 136,800 arrests for the possession, use, sale, or cultivation of marijuana. The sale or cultivation of marijuana, regardless of the amount, is considered a felony; if convicted, less than 50 pounds can get a person up to five years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine. For the cultivation or sale of marijuana that is more than 50 pounds, the mandatory minimum prison sentence is five years, and may include a fine up to $100,000.

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