Recent changes to Florida’s laws regarding medical marijuana leave some with questions about just what is now legal, and what can get you into trouble with law enforcement. If you find yourself the target of a local prosecutor, you will need an effective defense.

Medical Marijuana Legalized in Certain Situations

Full-strength marijuana is available as a treatment for patients suffering from a range of debilitating medical conditions. What exactly qualifies as such a condition and who decides what conditions make the list is still under debate. However, particular conditions have been specifically named:

What About Recreational Use?

Florida law still prohibits the recreational use of marijuana. The implications are worth considering:

Penalties Associated with Marijuana Possession

Since possession and sales of marijuana are illegal without a prescription, Florida laws spelling out punishments remain on the books. In addition to a suspended driver’s license, those convicted of possession may face some pretty tough consequences:

Legal Consequences of Marijuana Sales

The penalties for selling marijuana are contingent on the amount of the drug involved.  Incarceration can be anywhere from one to 30 years, and fines of up to $200,000 may be incurred. As with those convicted of possession, individuals found guilty of selling marijuana will have their driver’s license suspended for one year.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Simply possessing drug paraphernalia is a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida, which could result in up to one year of prison and $1,000 in fines.

Drugged Driving

Even with a prescription, you are not allowed to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis. The penalties may include a suspended license, incarceration, and fines, all depending on the seriousness of the driving infraction or accident.

You Deserve a Strong Legal Defense

Our constitution guarantees you the right to a legal defense. At Aiken, O’Halloran and Foley, you will receive personalized, aggressive representation. Contact us in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda or Sarasota for a confidential consultation today.