Cannabis—a plant more commonly known as marijuana with such popular slang references as pot, weed, grass, or bud—is generally the most commonly used illicit drug in the world. Despite the number of states and municipalities across the nation that have moved to legalize or decriminalize marijuana because of the drug’s medicinal benefits, Florida still imposes harsh penalties for unlawful acts relating to cannabis.
While the Sunshine State did enact a limited medical marijuana bill in 2014, people may still face state or federal charges for illegal cannabis activities. A conviction for any kind of a marijuana-related offense can involve not only possible imprisonment and fines, but also some very severe long-term consequences.Lawyer for Marijuana Crimes in Miami-Dade County
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Overview of Marijuana Crimes in Florida
- What kinds of cannabis offenses can a person be charged with under state law?
- What are some of the collateral consequences of marijuana convictions?
- Where can I learn more about cannabis organizations in Miami-Dade County?
Types of Marijuana Crimes in North Miami
Cannabis is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under state law in Florida. This designation is typically reserved for the drugs that are considered to be the most dangerous types of narcotics.
Marijuana offenses are established in various statutes under Chapter 893 of the Florida Statutes, also known as the “Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act.” Some of the most common criminal charges relating to cannabis that people face in the Miami area include, but are not limited to:
- Marijuana Cultivation/Grow House;
- Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession;
- Felony Marijuana Possession; and
- Marijuana Trafficking.
While violations of Florida law are among the most common charges alleged offenders face, some more serious cases can be violations of federal marijuana laws. When a person is facing federal charges, the possible penalties are not only more serious, but the prosecutor also has significantly greater resources to handle the case than a local counterpart.
Consequences of Convictions for Miami-Dade County Marijuana Crimes
When a person is charged with a cannabis-related offense in Florida, the primary area of concern is often the punishments that may be imposed by a judge—namely fines and prison time. While such sentences deserve to be taken seriously, a conviction for a marijuana-related crime can also carry many long-term consequences that can often be even more severe than the immediate punishments.
Florida has some of—if not the most severe collateral sanctions for marijuana convictions in the country. For this reason, it is critical for any person charged with a cannabis crime to have legal representation before accepting a plea bargain, as pleading guilty to a reduced charge could still involve devastating consequences later on.
In addition to the many employment and housing troubles that can arise because of a criminal record, some of the additional effects of a marijuana conviction in Florida include, but are not limited to:
- Prohibited from adopting a child;
- Ineligibility to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or “food stamps”) or other public assistance benefits;
- Denial, revocation, or suspension of a professional license;
- Ineligibility for Bright Futures Scholarships and other forms of state and federal financial aid;
- Driver’s license suspension; and
- Felony marijuana convictions can result in loss of the rights to vote or sit on a jury as well as the right to possess a firearm.
Florida Marijuana Crime Resources
Miami National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) — NORML is a nonprofit organization whose “mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.” The organization has six different chapters in Florida, and the “Magic City NORML” is based in Miami. On this website, you can learn more about legal issues related to cannabis, recent NORML news releases, and ways to take action.
Florida | Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) — MPP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to marijuana policy reform. On the Florida section of the organization’s website, you can find information regarding recent news and pending legislation. You can also find information relating to other cannabis-related issues such as criminal justice and economics as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
If you were arrested in Florida for any kind of alleged cannabis offense, you will want to be sure to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. The Hoffman Firm represents clients facing marijuana charges throughout South Florida, including Miami-Dade County and surrounding communities.
Miami criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman is a former prosecutor who works tirelessly to get criminal charges reduced or dismissed. He will review your case and discuss all of your legal options with you when you call (305) 249-0090 or complete an online contact form to take advantage of a free initial consultation.