In November 2014, Florida voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to allow the use of medical marijuana in our state. This comes after the Florida Supreme Court approved the language of a ballot measure that, if passed, would allow the use of the drug by individuals with “debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician.” At this time 20 states plus the District of Columbia allow for the growth, distribution, and possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized recreational use. Click here to read more.
As the legal landscape concerning marijuana shifts drastically across the nation, residents in our area are increasingly confused as to what is and is not currently against the law. To be sure, current Florida statutes make it illegal to use, possess, grow, sell, or distribute marijuana (a.k.a. cannabis) for any purpose, medical or otherwise. Possession of less than 20 grams constitutes a 1
st degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Possession of more than 20 grams constitutes a felony as does selling, distributing, or growing the substance. These crimes can be punishable by maximums of 5 to 30 years in prison depending on the weight of the marijuana involved. Regardless of whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony, if you are adjudicated guilty the court will also impose a mandatory 2 year driver's license suspension.
While several states have taken strides of various lengths toward legalization, Florida has yet to begin relaxing its laws on the subject. If you or a loved one has been arrested under suspicion of a marijuana related offense in Port St. Lucie, contact our office for a free consultation.