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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.

Clearing up confusion on Florida's marijuana laws

As many states begin to make changes to marijuana laws, it can be difficult to keep track. Different states have decided to decriminalize or legalize marijuana use according to varying circumstances and conditions. If you live in the Sunshine State, you have probably heard about the legalization of medical marijuana that has gone into effect this year. It is important to be aware that there are strict guidelines and limitations to using marijuana for medicinal purposes. Here is an overview of marijuana laws in Florida.

Mixed signals on marijuana use

During the November 2016 election, Florida voters approved an amendment to the state constitution that legalizes medical marijuana beyond the therapeutic uses approved in 2014. Legalization for recreational marijuana has not yet passed, although there is an ongoing movement to make that happen. Meanwhile, it is still against the law in the Sunshine State to possess, distribute or cultivate marijuana for recreational use, and punishment can be severe.

Medicinal marijuana okay in some situations in Florida

There are certain circumstances under which an otherwise illegal drug in Florida is okay to obtain and consume for medical reasons. In 2016, a legislative initiative was passed that allows eligible recipients to use marijuana within very specific parameters. This permission is granted provided the patient has been certified by a doctor licensed by the state as a marijuana doctor.  

$1 million dollars worth of marijuana is a lot

When a Florida police officer pulls someone over in traffic, it is typically best if that person does his or her best to cooperate and fully comply with the officer's request to stop. Otherwise, additional problems may quickly arise. A 51-year-old man recently experienced this, and is now facing numerous criminal charges, including some that involve marijuana, when authorities say he was initially pulled over for illegally tinted window.

Florida police charge woman on marijuana and child neglect issues

When a person pulls up to a gas station pump in Florida, he or she may be unaware that a station attendant may be watching from inside the store. If that worker assumes the customer is doing something unlawful, it is quite possible a call will be made to police. This is what happened at a Venice WaWa station recently, where a woman wound up facing criminal charges related to marijuana and child neglect. 

Florida men charged with marijuana possession

The circumstances and details surrounding an arrest could play a critical role in how an individual handles his or her case. If that person has been taken into custody on charges for marijuana possession, he or she may want to determine whether the proper actions were followed by the authorities involved. Additionally, exploring options for creating and presenting a criminal defense could prove beneficial.

Do Companies Still Conduct Marijuana Testing?

Now that marijuana has been legalized in several states, and even more are becoming more lenient in their weed laws, questions are being raised about how society and the business world will react. Will companies still test for marijuana use, knowing that job candidates could have recently traveled to a state with legalized weed?

Your child has been arrested. Now what?

If your child has been arrested, take a moment to realize that you are not the first parent to ever be in this position. Your child has not completely ruined his or her future. By taking proactive and decisive steps immediately, you can get ahead of the situation and minimize the impact it will have on your child's life.

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