A recent poll conducted by the University of North Florida shows that 62% of Florida residents support recreational marijuana legalization. While that number is an all-time high for the Sunshine State, recreational marijuana is still illegal. That means there are certain things you need to know about Florida marijuana laws.
Having a clear understanding of the latest laws, bills, and amendments on pot in Florida has never been more important. This is especially when you consider the projected revenue of medical marijuana in Florida – a cool $2.5 billion by 2025.
Keep reading to find out what you need to know about Florida marijuana laws. If you’ve been arrested or detained for marijuana possession, call The Berman Law Group today at (800) 375-5555.
Medical Marijuana and Amendment 2
Most of the buzz around Florida’s pot legislation has been centered around Amendment 2. Known colloquially as the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, this constitutional amendment was passed way back in 2016.
Amendment 2 went into effect on January 3rd, 2017. It allows Florida doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients who suffer from “debilitating diseases or conditions.”
This wording has led to considerable confusion. Despite being vague and seemingly open-ended, Amendment 2 only applies to people suffering from HIV, AIDS, ALS, MS, cancer, and a handful of other conditions. Doctors who prescribe medical marijuana are closely scrutinized by just about every department and oversight committee in Florida healthcare and regulation.
There have been other attempts over the last several years to expand medical marijuana access, as well as legalize the recreational consumption of cannabis. So far, none of these have passed from the bill into law.
Is Recreational Marijuana Legal in Florida?
While Amendment 2 allows for the prescription of medical marijuana, what about recreational pot? More importantly, what do you need to know about Florida marijuana laws as they relate to individuals recreationally using the drug?
This is where things get complicated. While recreational marijuana is illegal nationwide, as well as statewide, certain cities and counties have decriminalized it. Orlando, for example, allows police to issue citations for small amounts of marijuana possession. Miami followed suit last year.
It’s important to remember that the possession and sale of marijuana are still illegal at a state level. Possession or sale of fewer than twenty grams is a misdemeanor. Possessing more than twenty grams is a felony, as is selling any amount over twenty grams.
Possessing any amount of hash or THC concentrate is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and substantial fines. Any sort of marijuana conviction can also result in your license being suspended for up to a year.
Have You Been Arrested for Marijuana Possession?
The next thing you need to know about Florida marijuana laws is that you should aggressively pursue a strong legal defense if you’ve been arrested for any pot-related offense. This is true for both possession and sales.
While it may be tempting to write off a citation for marijuana possession, this isn’t your best course of action from a legal standpoint. Any conviction will be added to your public record and may show up to haunt you later in life.
The criminal defense attorneys at The Berman Law Group are dedicated to protecting you to the full extension of the law. We will fight tirelessly for you and make sure you have the best legal defense possible. Call us today at (800) 375-5555 for a free consultation.