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The presence of Marihuana (including Concentrated Cannabis) in open view in a room, other than a public place, under circumstances that evince an intent to manufacture, package, or otherwise prepare the Marihuana for sale gives rise to a presumption of knowing possession for all those in close proximity to the Marihuana at the time it is found.

Sale of any amount of Concentrated Cannabis by a person 21 years old or more to a person 17 years old or younger is a class B Felony subject to no more than 25 years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $30,000.

Growing over 6 (12 per household) cannabis plants is a class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 1 year of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $1000.

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Mandatory suspension for a period of six months where the holder is convicted of, or receives a youthful offender or other juvenile adjudication in connection with any crime in violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

The presence of any controlled substance in an automobile creates a presumption of knowing possession for all occupants of the vehicle. This principle does not apply if the controlled substance is on the person of one of the passengers and the substance is hidden from the view of other passengers.

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A person is considered a major trafficker of marijuana if they do one of the following: Act as the director of an organization, which sells $75000 worth of marijuana over the course of a year or less; collect $75000 or more from sales of marijuana over the course of 6 months or less; possess with intent to sell $75000 or more of marijuana over the course of 6 months or less. If one or more of the above are satisfied the person may be charged as a major trafficker, this is a class A-I felony and is punishable by 15-25 years of imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $100,000.

Sale of marijuana in any amount to a person under 18 years of age is a class D felony and is punishable by up to 7 years of imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $5,000.

For convictions of 50 plants or less on a first offense it is possible to receive a 24 month probation in lieu of jail time, but multiple offenders and those found growing more than 50 plants are not afforded this option.

Without passionately committed legal representation, your future may be in great peril if you have been accused of cultivating marijuana. At Bruno Law Offices our skilled Champaign marijuana defense attorneys work tirelessly to help defend the rights and interests of our clients, and have the knowledge and experience to help you formulate an effective defense. Contact us at (217) 328-6000 to discuss your case.

There are no exceptions for medical marijuana in Illinois, and growing the plants under any conditions is a prosecutable offense. If you are convicted of cultivating marijuana, you will face the following penalties:

The state of Illinois takes a harsh stance on the possession, sale, and cultivation of marijuana. With up to a year of jail time for simple possession of less than 30 grams of the substance a possible sentence. The cultivation of marijuana plants carries even greater penalties in order to reflect the implication of an intent to sell, especially when there are a large number of plants present or an efficient ‘grow house’ type of set up discovered on your property.

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If you are facing charges of cultivating marijuana in your home or other location, you cannot afford to hesitate in retaining aggressive legal counsel. Contact the Champaign marijuana cultivation defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling (217) 328-6000 today.

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