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Q: I may be under investigation for operating a marijuana grow house in Florida. What kind of criminal charges could I be facing?
A: Generally, a cultivation of marijuana charge is a third-degree felony, but depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, the charges can increase to a second-degree felony or even a first-degree felony. For example, if the alleged grow house operation includes 300 or more marijuana plants, this would elevate the offense to a first-degree felony for drug trafficking. The law was amended several years ago to specify that any grow house operation of 25 or more marijuana plants was evidence the marijuana was intended for sale or distribution. The best thing you can do for your defense is to hire a Florida criminal defense attorney who is experienced in defending drug crimes to evaluate the facts and circumstances of your case.