If you do any amount of traveling throughout Florida or the rest of the United States, you likely already understand that as you go from state to state, you may encounter various types of laws pertaining to similar topics. For instance, laws regarding theft may vary by state. The laws regarding marijuana have a lot of people confused nowadays.
A woman and her two children were traveling as backseat passengers in a Florida man's car on a recent Friday night when she wound up without a ride following the man's arrest. The situation unfolded when a police officer, who happened to be driving along the same road, claims to have noticed the man driving in a rather erratic manner. The officer said the man was tailgating other motorists and kept accelerating above the posted speed limit. The incident included allegations of marijuana and other drug crimes as well.
When a Florida narcotics unit shows up at the door, the hours, weeks and perhaps years to follow may never be the same for those on the other side. Where marijuana allegations are concerned, situations can be very complicated. Federal law and state law may conflict, which can lead to some very challenging defense issues in court.
Florida residents, like most others throughout the nation, often use test messaging to communicate. Mistakes are sometimes made and messages wind up with the wrong people. That is what police say happened to one of their on-duty officers, who claims to have gotten a text message from a man trying to sell him marijuana.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.