What You Need To Know About Marijuana In Florida

At this point, several states allow recreational marijuana use and many more have approved medicinal marijuana use. Most Americans support the legalization of marijuana. However, the drug is still strictly prohibited in Florida, and even a misdemeanor possession charge can result in serious and life-altering consequences.

Marijuana Possession Is Not Taken Lightly In Florida

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A conviction for possessing 20 grams of marijuana or less can is considered a misdemeanor, but you still face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. You can also lose your driver's license for up to two years and a permanent criminal record may result, limiting your opportunities.

Purchasing or possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana is considered a third-degree felony and can result in up to five years in prison as well as fines and other consequences.

Not only is it illegal to possess marijuana, it is also illegal to possess, sell, deliver, manufacture or use drug paraphernalia in Florida. Potential consequences depend on whether the drug paraphernalia was for your own use or you planned to sell it and whether a minor was involved.

Potential Consequences Of Manufacturing And Trafficking Charges

Manufacturing, growing or selling marijuana is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and $200,000 in fines, depending on how much marijuana is involved.

If more than 25 pounds or 300 or more cannabis plants are involved, it is considered "trafficking in cannabis," which is a first-degree felony.

Bringing any amount of marijuana into Florida is illegal and considered a third-degree felony, which could result in a prison sentence of up to five years. Remember, that is for any amount of the drug.

Fight The Charges To Avoid The Consequences Of A Conviction

The only way to avoid the consequences of a marijuana conviction is to fight the charges. The first step in doing this is contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney who can carefully examine the facts leading up to your arrest to identify all possible defense strategies.

I am ready to get started on your defense right away. Contact me at 813-473-6909 or online to set up a free consultation so we can discuss your case and what you need to know about marijuana charges in Florida.