The possible drug charges arising from a single arrest can be extremely varied. Growing, distributing or manufacturing drugs can carry much more serious penalties than a simple marijuana possession charge. In Ohio, it is illegal to cultivate marijuana in any form. This includes growing or planting marijuana in any amount. Even possessing the seeds can lead to drug charges.
An allegation of intent to distribute the drugs will significantly change the legal ramifications. Depending on the amount a person is caught with or if he or she is manufacturing a large amount of the drug, police and prosecutors may assume the drugs are not all for personal use. In fact, an intent to distribute can be presumed based on the amount found in the accused's possession.
This is the situation one Ohio man currently faces. According to police, the man, a former Ohio dentist, had been growing and getting ready to sell marijuana. Recently, after an investigation, the man's property was raided by officials from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the Hocking County Sheriff's office and the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit.
During the raid, police allege that they found 55 marijuana plants. They also claim that they found more than two pounds of marijuana that was already packaged and ready for sale. According to officials, the man has claimed he could sell the marijuana for $1,800 a pound.
Because of the large amount of marijuana that was allegedly found, prosecutors will likely claim that it was not all for personal use. Therefore, it is likely the man will be charged with intent to distribute.
This case is also complicated by this man's criminal history. Since 1990 he has been arrested 24 different times. These arrests have included other drug charges. As an alleged repeat offender, any sentence may be more severe if he is found guilty.
But even though this man has had frequent contact with the authorities, he is still afforded certain constitutional protections. These include the right to an attorney, the right to a fair trial and the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Source: NBC4i, "Former Central Ohio Dentist Charged With Growing Marijuana," Denise Yost and Mike Bowersock, Aug. 3, 2012