Shrubs of marijuanaWe understand facing charges for the cultivation of marijuana in South Florida can be incredibly stressful due to the unknown. Rossen Law Firm is here to guide you through every step of this journey. Reach out to our drug lawyers in Fort Lauderdale to get started.

What is a Cultivation of Marijuana Crime in Fort Lauderdale?

The cultivation of marijuana is a fancy way of saying the growing of marijuana. 

Cultivating, growing or manufacturing marijuana is illegal under Florida state laws and nationwide federal laws. Cultivating is defined as the preparation of any soil for the planting of a controlled substance or the tending and care or harvesting of a controlled substance – in this case, marijuana.

The Florida Statute states it’s unlawful for any person to manufacture or possess with intent (to manufacture) cannabis or marijuana.


The cultivation or growing of marijuana is considered an incredibly serious crime that usually results in an automatic charge of a third-degree felony but can be even more serious.

If you have been charged with the crime of the cultivation of marijuana in Fort Lauderdale, it is important that you act quickly and hire an experienced controlled substance defense attorney to fight the maximum sentencing associated with growing marijuana.  

If you possessed fewer than 25 cannabis plants, the crime of cultivation of marijuana is a third-degree felony in Florida and punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

If you possessed more than 25 cannabis plants, the crime of cultivation of marijuana is a second-degree felony in Florida and punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

If you are charged with the crime of cultivation of marijuana and have minors present or residing at the location where the plants are grown, the crime of cultivation of marijuana is a first-degree felony in Florida and punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Find the legal definition of possession on our drug crime page.

Learn about more Florida Drug Crime Penalties here.


As you can tell from the consequences of the cultivation of marijuana, it’s a pretty serious crime that comes with harsh consequences. We can help you avoid severe penalties because of the experience we have with this type of criminal charge. We have mastered defense mechanisms to give our clients the results they hope for. 

Give our office a call if you’re facing charges for the cultivation of marijuana. We are here to act as your guard against any and all of the potential criminal punishments that come with the charge of cultivation of marijuana. 

Cultivation of Marijuana Defenses 

  • Lack of Knowledge: In order for an individual to be charged with the crime of cultivation of marijuana, the State must prove that the accused had knowledge of the presence of marijuana or cannabis. Without  being able to prove the defendant knew about possessing / cultivating the marijuana, the defense of lack of knowledge can be used and serve as a complete defense to the crime of the cultivation of marijuana.

  • Illegal Search and Seizure: This defense can be used if law enforcement officers use their power incorrectly and illegally require individuals to submit to a vehicle, home or body search. If the Rossen Law Firm can prove police illegally searched your property, we can file what is called a “motion to suppress” to the clerk & the courts should suppress the evidence due to being illegally collected.

Free Cultivation of Marijuana Criminal Defense Strategy Session in Fort Lauderdale 

Rest assured, you have come to the right place for a criminal defense attorney to handle your charge of cultivation of marijuana in South Florida. 

Rossen Law Firm provides potential clients with FREE strategy sessions to give them the opportunity to decide if we are the right firm for them, risk-free!


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