Manufacture or Cultivation of Drugs in Missouri.
Overview of Missouri Law on Manufacturing Drugs:
Manufacture of a controlled substance: E to A Felony
In Missouri, a person commits the offense of manufacture of a controlled substance if, except as authorized under Missouri law if he or she:
- Knowingly manufactures, produces, or grows a controlled substance;
- Attempts to manufacture, produce, or grow a controlled substance; or
- Knowingly possesses a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, produce, or grow any amount of controlled substance.
The offense of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture any amount of controlled substance is a class B felony when committed within two thousand feet of the real property comprising a public or private elementary, vocational, or secondary school, community college, college, or university. It is a class A felony if a person has suffered serious physical injury or has died as a result of a fire or explosion started in an attempt by the defendant to produce methamphetamine.
The offense of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture any amount of a controlled substance, except thirty-five grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, is a class C felony.
The offense of manufacturing thirty-five grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid is a class E felony.
Manufacture of an imitation controlled substance: E Felony
In Missouri, a person commits the offense of manufacture of an imitation controlled substance if he or she knowingly manufactures with intent to deliver any imitation controlled substance.
The offense of manufacture of an imitation controlled substance is a class E felony.
Unlawful manufacture of drug paraphernalia: E Felony
In Missouri, a person commits the offense of unlawful manufacture of drug paraphernalia if he or she unlawfully manufactures with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia, knowing, or under circumstances where one reasonably should know, that it will be used to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance or an imitation controlled substance in violation of Missouri law.
The offense of unlawful manufacture of drug paraphernalia is a class A misdemeanor, unless done for commercial purposes, in which case it is a class E felony.
Drug Courts in St. Charles and St. Louis County:
For many people charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, drug courts are not an option and prosecutors will aim to use the full extent of the law to prosecute those suspected of being drug dealers. Drug courts are aimed at helping people with an addiction get treatment, beat their addiction and also avoid prosecution for the crime. In some circumstances the accused may be eligible for drug court and it might be the best option. It is best to speak with your attorney to see what the best option is for your case.