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Marijuana still not legalized for recreational use in Florida

A casual survey of Florida residents as to whether smoking cannabis should be decriminalized would likely produce mixed results. Some people avidly support such changes to the law, while others prefer existing laws to remain on the books. As it is, Florida has not moved to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Throughout the state, medicinal use of the drug is now permitted. Even having less than 20 grams of marijuana on your person, however, is currently listed as a crime. While first offense conviction might simply result in referral to a drug diversion program, things sometimes have a way of going far worse than expected in court.

Securing positive results is often more likely when acting alongside experienced representation, regardless whether the situation at hand involves drug charges or some other crime. Where marijuana is concerned, possible penalties for conviction of a misdemeanor may include as much as one year behind bars. Penalties for subsequent convictions may be even more severe.

Sometimes, federal and state laws contradict one another, in which case, federal law always applies. State laws regarding illegal drugs often change; therefore, it's wise to stay as updated as possible to prevent problems from arising due to lack of knowledge. Anyone charged with marijuana crimes in Florida may wish to request consultation with an experienced defense attorney before heading to court. Such alliance often makes the difference between avoiding conviction and suffering long-lasting negative consequences that may cost someone his or her personal freedom, as well as cause friction and problems in other areas of life as well.

Source: FindLaw, "Florida Marijuana Laws", Accessed on June 22, 2017

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