The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office recently discovered a marijuana grow house in the Tampa area. The two individuals affiliated with the house have been arrested and charged with their respective crimes. A young man was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphanalia, manufacturing marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance. In addition to this, the 20-year-old was arrested for own, lease, or rent of a building for the purpose of trafficking. This is a serious offense that has gotten a lot of attention in the past few years from the Florida State judicial system.
This is because the Florida government passed a bill in 2008 known as the Florida Grow House Eradication Act. This was an act which declared that any property with over 25 marijuana plants could be considered a grow house and those that owned property used for this offense could be held responsible. Marijuana plants are considered illegal if they have a root system and are currently growing marijuana. Those that own a property that is used for marijuana cultivation can be sent to prison for up to 15 years under the recent Act. Florida is considered a state with some of the strictest policies enforced concerning marijuana cultivation and growth.
Formerly, the same penalties that are mandated under the Florida Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act were only issued for houses with over 300 plants. On a federal level, these penalties are only issued to individuals who have cultivated up to 100 plants in a home. If you have been cited for using a home as a marijuana grow house, then don't hesitate to hire a skilled Tampa criminal defense lawyer to work alongside you. With the right attorney on your side you may be capable of avoiding penalties affiliated with your alleged crime. Hire Thomas & Paulk to represent you today!