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Marijuana Grow Law

Marijuana Grow Law in Washington

Growing Marijuana is a Class C Felony

If you believe you were growing marijuana legally, you may be subject to arrest if you run afoul the federal authorities, or in some cases, city leaders or the police under certain circumstances. If you are charged with growing or manufacturing marijuana in Kitsap County, Ramirez & Walker, Inc. can help. Our attorneys have more than 30 years of cumulative experience and are ready to stand with and to get to work for you in preparing a powerful case for the defense.

Growing marijuana is a class C felony. A conviction could mean up to 5 years behind bars and $10,000 in fines. Even though Initiative 502 (I-502) allows adults age 21 and over to legally possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use, unless you are an authorized medical marijuana patient under state law or obtain a producers license, growing marijuana remains a crime. Growing marijuana can cause you to be jailed or sent to prison, and face substantial fines. There are many ways a person could be caught in the criminal justice system for growing marijuana, and if this has happened to you, the need for a quality defense cannot be overstated.

Who can legally grow or manufacture marijuana in Kitsap County?

In order to grow or manufacture marijuana in Kitsap County, you must obtain a medical exception, be a designated caregiver or obtain a producer's license. In order to be exempted from being charged with a crime, you must obtain a written recommendation from a physician, register with the state, and obtain registry identification you may designate a primary caregiver to help you grow up to 15 marijuana plants. If you possess larger quantities of marijuana than the amount that you are eligible to grow, you will still be exempt from criminal charges if you present evidence indicating that you require higher quantities to adequately treat your medical condition. Producers require licenses and must comply with the rules and regulations as outlined in I-502.

It is important to keep in mind that compliance with state marijuana laws are not a defense to any federal marijuana charges that you may also have had filed against you. If you or a loved one have been arrested for growing or manufacturing marijuana contact us immediately for a free case evaluation. You are not alone; our Kitsap County criminal defense attorney is on your side, and determined to protect your freedom. Our attorneys can help you understand your options and assist you in making the right decisions about how to defend your case. Let our extensive experience and unique perspective as former prosecutors help you.