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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. Medical marijuana legalized In 2016, Florida voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana by passing the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, commonly referred to as Amendment 2. Amendment 2 went into effect on January 3, 2017. It allows individuals with certain diseases to be prescribed medical marijuana by a licensed physician. Eligible diseases and conditions include the following:

States with the most drug and alcohol arrests on college campuses

It is no surprise that college is a time for exploration, experimentation and rebellion. Many college students will drink or do drugs at parties. In fact, there were almost 45,000 drug and alcohol arrests at college campuses in 2014 according to a report from ProjectKnow. 

4 mistakes college students make with alcohol and the law

As a freshman prepping for your first semester at college, you need to inform yourself about the consequences of improper alcohol use to avoid getting into serious trouble. For many, college life comes with lots of partying and opportunities to make dumb mistakes, and when it comes to drinking and driving, these may have lasting consequences.

Florida’s drug offenders need treatment, not incarceration

Regardless of whether you have ever spent any time behind bars in Florida, you probably know that the state’s jails and prisons are full of prisoners serving time for drug-related offenses, many they committed to help feed their addictions. Some Florida drug offenders like you are receiving offers to take part in drug court programs as opposed to serving jail time, and these programs can help you beat your drug addiction while offering additional benefits for your community.

College students, illegal substances and summertime

When do you think the average college student tries drugs for the first time? Turns out it could be summertime, according to research by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In June, the number of college students trying marijuana for the first time reaches a high, according to the study; the same goes for underage drinking.

Factors that impact the accuracy of a breath test

If you find yourself pulled over on suspicion of drinking and driving in Florida, it can have a considerable impact on your life. Drinking and driving carries harsh, long-term penalties, and the law enforcement official who stops you will likely try to determine your level of impairment using a device called a Breathalyzer.

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