Consequences for teenagers selling THC cartridges in Florida

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2024 | Blog, Drug Charges

THC cartridges contain tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis. Unfortunately, many Florida teenagers use these cartridges in vape pens, and selling them at school is becoming a common occurrence.

Even though the law does not treat teenagers as adults, youth selling THC cartridges could face serious penalties if caught.

Juvenile court

Florida juvenile court is a specialized court system that handles cases involving minors who face charges related to delinquent acts such as selling drugs. The purpose of juvenile court is to focus on rehabilitating young offenders rather than punishing them. In Florida, juvenile court has jurisdiction over individuals under 18.


One possible penalty for a teenager accused of selling THC cartridges is probation. Probation typically involves regular meetings with a probation officer, adherence to specific rules and possibly drug testing. Violating the terms of probation can result in further legal consequences.

Community service

Another possible penalty is having to perform a certain number of hours of community service. Young people may usually complete these hours by volunteering at a nonprofit or government agency of their choice.

Criminal charges

According to Florida Statute 893.03, possession of THC oil is a third-degree felony, which normally can result in a prison sentence of up to five years. The specific penalties depend on the circumstances of the case and the teenager’s prior criminal record.

Expulsion from school

Students who sell drugs on the campus of a Florida public school often may not return to their regular classes. Educational options available to them include the following:

  • Night school
  • Alternative placement charter schools
  • Virtual school
  • Home school
  • GED studies once students turn 18

Some private schools will accept students with a criminal history, but price can be a limiting factor for some families.

Beyond the immediate consequences, having a criminal record for selling drugs can have long-lasting effects on young people’s futures. It can potentially affect their ability to get a job or even rent an apartment.

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