Crimes involving the manufacturing of illegal drugs in Rhode Island are considered quite severe. Drug crime penalties have recently been revised. “Manufacturing” can be attached as a charge if you have participated in the making of drugs. Other charges may also apply.
Penalties for drug cultivation and manufacturing are stiff
Drug cultivation and manufacturing are considered some of the most serious drug crimes under both state and federal law. If you sell any of the equipment or chemicals that are used to make drugs, you can be charged with a felony. This can lead to stiff fines, probation, and time spent in prison.
Keep in mind that there are certain situations in which the penalties attached to these activities can become even stiffer. This will surely be the case if you happen to be convicted of these crimes near a school or a playground. Should this be the case, you can expect a harsher sentence.
What is required to prove cultivation and manufacturing
Drug cultivation and manufacturing are much more serious crimes than something like a simple possession. To be convicted of this type of crime, the state will have to prove certain criteria. For example, they will need to show that the elements of possession as well as intent to manufacture were present. This is because, in most cases, merely possessing the tools and materials doesn’t constitute the use of contraband.
Merely being caught in possession of marijuana seeds may not be enough to get you convicted of either cultivating or manufacturing. However, if the police also find special grow lamps and hydroponic kits, you can now reasonably be charged.