In California, it is illegal to manufacture illegal drugs or controlled substances, including marijuana. The crime that an individual will be charged with in regards to manufacturing or cultivation depends on the kind of drug being made.
Many people who think marijuana is completely legal now do not understand the laws. Health and Safety Code 11358 makes certain activities regarding manufacturing marijuana illegal including: planting seeds in the soil, handling the seeds, or the process of drying the plant. Possessing less than one ounce of marijuana (28.5 grams) is an infraction that will result in a $100 fine, but the other activities related to manufacturing the drug are more harshly punished.
California Health and Safety Code 11379 makes it illegal to manufacture or in any way take part in the process of manufacturing controlled substances including cocaine, opium, methamphetamine, or any other controlled substances. A common example would be running a methamphetamine lab. Additionally, it is a crime to be in possession of the chemicals that are used to manufacture certain drugs.
If you have been charged with Health and Safety Codes 11358, 11379, or any other drug related charge, call Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP immediately. Without a skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney, a prosecutor can decide to charge you with the worst possible crime. Lessem & Newstat, LLP have been successful defending drug related charges on many occasions. Call now to discuss your case.