Four young adults were arrested in Cache County, Utah for multiple drug charges including marijuana cultivation.
Drug Raid in Northern Utah
During a raid on a Logan Utah home on July 21st 2015, four people between the ages of 18 and 21 years old were arrested when officers arrived at the home in the early morning hours with a search warrant. Located inside with the four individuals were two pounds of marijuana, mushrooms, and two marijuana plants. Since the plants were found, marijuana cultivation will be added to the possession charges.
Whether it’s a mini garden consisting of a couple plants in a home closet or hundreds of plants spread across acres of land, marijuana cultivation is against the law in the state of Utah. While neighboring states may be relaxing laws regarding possession and marijuana cultivation, Utah so far has not. Those found guilty of marijuana cultivation can face up to five years in prison.
Law and penalties for marijuana cultivation
Utah code 58-37-8 states that “it is unlawful for any person to knowingly and intentionally produce, manufacture, or dispense, or to possess with intent to produce, manufacture, or dispense, a controlled or counterfeit substance.” Any person found violating this law in regards to marijuana is guilty of a 3rd degree felony while repeat offenses would be 2nd degree felonies.
In due time
Excluding the nineteen states where marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes; four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use as well. All of those states where recreational marijuana use is legal are surrounding Utah in the western United States. It’s just a matter of time before the majority of the states including Utah have similar laws. Until then, possession or marijuana cultivation is not worth the consequences. For more information on marijuana laws, or to seek counsel regarding possession or marijuana cultivation charges, contact a criminal defense attorney.