Cultivation refers to the act of growing narcotic plants. Usually cannabis, opium or cocoa plants. It includes sowing or scattering the seeds of the plant or planting, growing, tending to, nurturing, or harvesting the prohibited plant.



The offence of Cultivate Prohibited Plant is contained in section 23 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW) and states a person who:

“cultivates, or knowingly takes part in the cultivation of, a prohibited plant, supplies, or knowingly takes part in the supply of, a prohibited plant, or has a prohibited plant in his or her possession, is guilty of an offence”.


Maximum/Possible Penalties

Cultivate Prohibited Plant can be punished with a prison sentence of up 2 years (If heard in the local Court) or a prison sentence of up to 10 years (If heard in the District Court).

If the person is growing the prohibited plan for a commercial purpose, then the maximum penalty for the offence increases to 15 years imprisonment.

In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties of:

  • Full time Imprisonment
  • Intensive Correctional Order (ICO)
  • Community Correction Order (CCO)
  • Conditional release Order (CRO) and/or
  • Fine



Since Cultivation is a criminal offence, the burden of proof lies on the Prosecution.

The prosecution must prove;

  1. That you cultivated a plant; and
  2. That the plant was a prohibited plant.



Some of the possible defences available for those charged with cultivate prohibited plant can include:

  • To maintain your innocence if you did not commit the act;
  • To argue that you were not cultivating a plant;
  • To argue that the plant was not prohibited;
  • To argue that you did so because of Necessity; or
  • Duress; as the reason for your conduct



For Cultivation, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® offers the following options:

  1. We initiate negotiation with prosecutors (police) (a term referred to as “plea negotiations”) and plead to withdrawal or downgrade of the charge or alternatively, seek amendments to the police fact sheets or documents.
  2. At the hearing/trial, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® shall if you so instruct Plead Not Guilty and drive the argument based on prosecution’s inability to prove the elements of their accusation.
  3. Alternatively, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® may plead guilty on your instructions however, the hearing shall revolve around the facts with an objective to obtain a moderate or minimum punishment.
  4. Lastly, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® on your instructions enter a plea of guilt where you accept all the charges pressed by the police, but we present a case so solid on your behalf, with an objective to persuade and convince the Court to not record a criminal conviction against you.

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Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® are adept in all forms of advocacy and will present your case in the most skilful manner in Court. 

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If you are charged with an offence, our team at Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® are best suited for representing your case.

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