Philadelphia Attorney Richard Creamer was sentenced to five years in a federal jail for establishing and operating a marijuana grow house in the City. The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Creamer was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture 1,000 or more marijuana plants and other offenses.
Richard Creamer, an active attorney who practiced corporate and real estate law in the Northern Lights neighborhood of Philadelphia, manufactured the marijuana for sale by packaging multi-pound quantities for distribution in the region reports the Daily News. According to trial testimony, Creamer's operations produced 15 to 22 pounds of marijuana a month which sold for about $5,000 to $5,500 per pound.
Under Pennsylvania marijuana laws, marijuana manufacturers and dealers like Creamer face felony charges and up to ten years imprisonment for growing and selling pot. They also face a $100,000 fine along with any fines that would recoup their profits.
Possessors of marijuana also face stiff penalties. Someone caught with less than 30 grams of marijuana faces a misdemeanor charge, 30 days in jail, and a $500 fine. Those caught with over 30 grams of pot face a misdemeanor charge, one year in jail, and a $5,000 fine. Repeat offenders can be jailed up to three years.
For reference, most casual purchasers of marijuana buy pot by eighths of an ounce. An eighth of an ounce of pot is roughly equivalent to 3.5 grams, which would fall in the misdemeanor category of the marijuana penalties.
Richard Creamer is someone who flouted his profession and the law by operating a massive marijuana grow house, and now, he will spend the next five years of his life in jail. However, anyone who buys, possesses, or uses marijuana must also be aware that they can go to jail and face other penalties for even the smallest amount of pot.
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- Richard Creamer Convicted Of Manufacturing Marijuana (Philadelphia Criminal Law News Blog)