Protecting You In Cases Of Illegal Possession, Cultivation And Distribution
Florida has historically been steadfast in its refusal to decriminalize marijuana and has given harsh penalties to those found using the substance. This past November, however, the state of Florida finally recognized the medical benefits of marijuana and legalized it for medical use. This has caused a lot of confusion, though.
Marijuana is now legal in the state for medicinal purposes only, meaning that an individual needs credentialed permission to use it medically, and outside of that institution, it is still illegal. The state of Florida will still crack down hard on those who have been found illegally cultivating the substance, selling it privately, possessing large quantities, and even with medicinal permission, possessing larger quantities than are allowed.
Penalties For Common Marijuana Crimes
The new law has been passed for the purpose of helping individuals with cancer and other significant illnesses cope with symptoms and manage pain. It has not established a free-for-all in marijuana use without any repercussions. If you have been charged with one of the following, call our Tallahassee criminal defense attorneys for help.
The most prevalent marijuana offenses and their penalties are as follows:
- Illegal possession: Less than 20 grams is a misdemeanor, while more than 20 grams is a third-degree felony. Penalties range from one to five years in prison.
- Cultivation: Depending on the circumstances, could be charged as a third, second or first degree felony, most likely ranging from five to 30 years in prison.
- Distribution: This can also be charged as a third, second or third degree felony, ranging in prison sentences from three to 30 years for a first offense.
Establishing Your Defense
While it may seem hopeless, what it seems is far from the truth. There are a number of possible defenses for all three of these violations. We at Jansen & Davis, P.A., have a long and successful track record in the Tallahassee criminal courts. We can argue against the intention to sell or distribute and contest the circumstances of the search and seizure, being sure it aligns with your 4th Amendment rights and law enforcement did not entrap you.