The crime of Manufacturing Marijuana is committed when a person illegally manufactures or grows marijuana. The person charged with this offense has to exercise some control over the marijuana or its growth to be convicted of this offense. The person charged with this crime also has to know that the marijuana was present and know that it was an illegal controlled substance when involved in growing it. If a person grows marijuana outside the protections of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, he/she can be charged with this offense regardless of his/her caregiver status.
The sentencing consequences for a conviction of Manufacturing Marijuana depends on how much marijuana was involved. Growing less than 5 kilograms or 20 marijuana plants is up to 4 years in prison. A typical sentence for this offense in Washtenaw County will be jail work program with supervised probation. However, someone convicted of prior drug offenses may likely spend time in prison for this offense. A person convicted of this offense will very likely lose his/her driver license for 1 year.
The sentencing consequences for a conviction of Manufacturing Marijuana involving between 5 to 45 kilograms of marijuana is up to 7 years in prison. The chances of serving prison time on a conviction of this offense are more likely due to the higher quantities of marijuana involved in the transaction. A person convicted of this offense in Washtenaw County that does not spend time in prison will likely lose his/her driver license for 1 year.
The sentencing consequences for a conviction of Manufacturing Marijuana involving more than 45 kilograms of marijuana is up to 15 years in prison. A person convicted of this charge in Washtenaw County will typically spend a minimum of between 3-5 years in prison, depending on the quantity of marijuana involved.