Pennsylvania Drug Manufacturing Laws
Drug manufacturing of any controlled substance in Pennsylvania is against the law. State law enforcement agencies have increased their efforts to combat this crime. Controlled substances include illegal drugs and narcotics (i.e. marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, etc.) To prove a case for drug manufacturing, a prosecutor must show beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant manufactured an illegal drug in Pennsylvania and did not have licenses to do so. Some common examples are cultivating marijuana, operating a drug lab, or manufacturing methamphetamine.
The charge for drug manufacturing in Pennsylvania is typically a misdemeanor (certain misdemeanors carry prison sentences in Pennsylvania). Drug manufacturing charges can carry prison sentences of one to three years and/or a fine of up to $25,000. The factors determining the penalty are: prior convictions and the nature of the drug manufacturing crime committed. In certain situations, a prosecutor may agree to a plea bargain for a lesser charge in exchange for the defendant pleading guilty or for information for a higher priority investigation.
With respect to marijuana, Pennsylvania law charges the cultivation of up to nine plants as a misdemeanor. The cultivation of 10 to 21 plants is a felony punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison and a $5,000 fine, while growing 22 or more plants can result in a mandatory three-year sentence and $15,000 fine. The manufacturing of hashish or other marijuana concentrates is felony, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years and up to $15,000 in fines.
The manufacturing of methamphetamine is charged as a felony, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.