The State of California severely punishes those convicted of drug possession, and doles out harsher punishment for those convicted of possession with intent to sell. Drug crimes cases include anything involving possession of an illegal drug or controlled substance, possession with the intent to deliver or sell, cultivation (such as in the growing and processing of marijuana) and the sale of controlled substances. In addition to drug crimes, drug manufacturing, importation, and transportation are also common drug offenses and can come with a heavy charge and sentence in the state of California. Using fraudulent means to obtain prescription drugs, even possession or distribution of pharmaceutical medicine falls under the laws pertaining to illegal drug crimes. Drug offenses can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or felony.