Arizona Drug Cultivation and Manufacturing Laws

In Arizona, the cultivation and manufacturing of drugs carries harsher penalties than just possession or sale of a drug. In addition, the penalties for drug cultivation and manufacturing vary depending on the specific type of drug you are cultivating or manufacturing. For example, penalties are different if someone cultivates or manufacturers marijuana or other plant-based drugs such as peyote or psychedelic mushrooms, versus the cultivation and manufacturing of methamphetamines, ecstasy, or similar drugs that are produced in a lab. One can also be found guilty of cultivating or manufacturing drugs such as narcotics, prescription-only drugs, and other dangerous drugs. Read on to learn more.

Arizona Drug Cultivation & Manufacturing Laws at a Glance

The penalties for cultivation and manufacturing of different types of drugs in Arizona are covered in the below table.

Crime/Sentence

Code

Cultivation and Manufacturing of Marijuana

Producing less than 2 pounds of marijuana:

  • Class 5 felony
  • Punishable by a minimum sentence of 6 months, a maximum sentence of 2.5 years
  • Minimum fine of $1000 or a fine to exhaust the proceeds of the drug offense
  • If probation is granted after conviction, mandatory sentence of 240 hours of community service

Producing between 2-4 pounds of marijuana:

  • Class 4 felony
  • Punishable by a minimum sentence of 1 year, a maximum sentence of 3.75 years
  • Minimum fine of $1000 or a fine to exhaust the proceeds of the drug offense

Producing more than 4 pounds of marijuana:

  • Class 3 felony
  • Punishable by a minimum sentence of 2 years, a maximum sentence of 8.75 years
  • Minimum fine of $1000 or a fine to exhaust the proceeds of the drug offense

Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3405

Cultivation and Manufacturing of Prescription-Only or Misbranded Drugs

Manufacture of a prescription-only drug:

  • Class 1 misdemeanor
  • Punishable by a maximum sentence of 6 months
  • 3 years probation
  • Maximum fine of $2500 plus surcharges

Manufacture of a misbranded drug:

  • Class 4 felony
  • Punishable by a minimum sentence of 1 year, a maximum sentence of 3.75 years
  • Minimum fine of $1000 or a fine to exhaust the proceeds of the drug offense

Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3406

Cultivation and Manufacturing of Dangerous Drug

Manufacture of a dangerous drug, defined in Arizona by a comprehensive list:

  • Class 2 felony
  • Punishable by a minimum sentence of 2 years, a maximum sentence of 12.5 years
  • Maximum fine of $1000 plus surcharges

Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3407

Cultivation and Manufacturing of Narcotic Drug

Manufacture of a narcotic drug:

  • Class 2 felony
  • Punishable by a minimum sentence of 2 years, a maximum sentence of 12.5 years
  • Maximum fine of $1000 plus surcharges

Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3408

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Potential Defenses

One potential defense that applies to the cultivation and manufacturing of prescription-only drugs is if you hold a valid permit or license to do so. Another potantial defense is that if you authorized to transport, import, sell or offer to sell prescription-only drugs, you will not be guilty of manufacturing or selling drugs.

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Manufacturing or cultivating drugs in Arizona can carry serious criminal penalties, especially on the felony level. However, you may be allowed to produce drugs if you have a valid license or permit. If you want to learn more about the penalties or defenses associated with drug cultivation and manufacturing in Arizona, you can contact a local attorney for a free initial case review at no obligation today.

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