Unlike several other states, it remains against the law to possess or sell marijuana in Florida. With other states relaxing or eliminating some marijuana laws, many in Florida fail to realize that this substance remains prohibited. If you do not keep up with the law across the nation and in Florida, you may find yourself facing a conviction on marijuana charges.
What is illegal?
Only medical marijuana as prescribed by a licensed doctor is legal in Florida. In all other cases, offenses involving cannabis can lead to criminal charges and possible conviction. Distributing or trafficking cannabis are the most severe criminal offenses.
The possession of marijuana. Possessing less than 20 grams is a misdemeanor, but you could still face up to a year in jail and a fine. If convicted of possessing between 20 grams and 25 pounds (or less than 300 plants) may result in up to five years in jail and a fine. The possession of more than 25 pounds is a felony trafficking offense.
The sale of marijuana. Typically, this is a felony offense unless you sell less than 20 grams. You can expect harsh penalties based upon the severity of the charges if convicted.
The trafficking of marijuana. A conviction for trafficking 25 to 2,000 pounds results in a mandatory three-year jail term and a $25,000 fine. Trafficking 2,000 to 10,000 pounds will lead to a mandatory seven-year incarceration period and a $50,000 fine. More than 10,000 pounds typically results in a 15-year incarceration term and a $200,000 fine.
As you can see, marijuana offenses are treated harshly in Inverness and other Florida regions. Please, consider starting your criminal defense as early as possible after your arrest. In most cases, a criminal law attorney fills a critical role in helping you explore effective defense strategies to avoid conviction.