Many people do not see marijuana possession as a crime. It is a controlled substance that has a low risk for dependency and state law treats it accordingly. While marijuana distribution and possession charges are less serious than other drug crimes, however, that does not mean they should be taken lightly. A North Carolina man and woman are facing a number of criminal charges after police found marijuana plants in their home and garden.
The man and woman were arrested after North Carolina law enforcement authorities raided their home as part of a statewide marijuana eradication initiative. Police found 64 plants in a greenhouse behind their home and 22 plants inside the house. The street value of the plants is over $68,000, according to police. Officers also seized 964 grams of processed marijuana from the property and confiscated a variety of equipment used to grow the plants and drug paraphernalia.
The man and woman have both been charged with numerous offenses, including felony trafficking and manufacturing of marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver and maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance. The man was jailed and remains behind bars on $20,000 bail, but the woman was released on a written promise to appear in court. If convicted, they could both face serious fines and jail time.
Cases like this illustrate the severe consequences of drug allegations. While attitudes and legislation towards marijuana possession have relaxed in recent years, those accused of attempting to sell could find themselves in a lot of trouble with the authorities. It is very important that those facing charges understand their legal rights in this situation. Seeking the guidance of an experienced attorney can help to protect those rights when facing federal drug charges.
Source: The Pilot, “Two Arrested for Growing Marijuana,” Associated Press, 8 June, 2011.