Marijuana Criminal Law Story in This Week’s Florida Weekly

The Reefer

The Reefer

If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend you check out the cover story in this week’s Florida Weekly, by Evan Williams. It talks about the ramifications of marijuana prosecution in Florida, and the status of legistlative efforts to legalize it. The take away I’d like everyone to appreciate is the harsh sanctions for possession of marijuana. The defendant in the primary case discussed is looking at a 3-year minimum mandatory sentence. His case is not merely possession, but possession with intent within 1000 feet of a school or church. He claims that there was no intent to distribute, but the facts against him are that he had 11 pounds of marijuana: which is an awful lot for personal use (plus scales and a lot of cash). But everyone should realize that even personal-use possession of 20 grams (that’s less than an ounce) is a felony in Florida. And any marijuana possession can lead to jail time plus a 2-year driver’s license suspension.


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