With so many states legalizing both medicinal and recreational marijuana, it might surprise you that Florida still criminalizes aspects of marijuana usage. You could still go to jail in the state if you run afoul of state and federal authorities.
Understanding your rights and the current state of marijuana laws could keep you out of trouble.
The situation as of now
Information from CFAH reports that recreational marijuana use in Florida remains illegal, on both the state and federal levels. As such, you could face penalties and even jail time for some violations of marijuana use and possession.
Medicinal marijuana use became legal in the state in 2016 with the passage of Amendment 2. Over 70% of Florida voters approved the measure, which allowed qualifying patients, caregivers and dispensaries to avoid prosecution for marijuana use and possession.
While some cities in Florida have decriminalized marijuana and reduced penalties for use, others have not. The use of marijuana in federal jurisdictions in the state remains illegal, and you also cannot grow marijuana even for medicinal use.
The penalties for marijuana
In most locations, marijuana usage in the state falls into the misdemeanor category. This usually covers up to 20 grams of the drug. If you have more than 20 grams of marijuana on you, this now becomes a felony charge, which could lead to jail time. Those with large amounts of the drug could even face trafficking charges.
Because marijuana laws in Florida remain confusing, you might break the law without even knowing it. A vigorous legal defense could reduce or eliminate the charges against you.