Different states have different laws when it comes to recreational marijuana usage. There have been a number of hotly contested debates about marijuana, its medical applications, its recreational use, and the difference between state and federal law.
When it comes to the state of Florida, however, there are laws with regards to the plant. So the question is now will Florida legalize weed?
Legalizing Marijuana in the State of Florida
On November 8, 2016, Florida voters held a referendum with regards to the legalization of marijuana. A dominating 71% of voters approved a constitutional amendment in legalizing its use for medical purposes. Along with this decision is a directive to state legislators to plan and organize its regulation.
Previously, state law limited the use of medical marijuana to only low-THC cannabis that could be used by limited groups of people.
Aside from use in the medical field, marijuana remains illegal in our state. Let us repeat: marijuana is still illegal for recreational use.
If caught with marijuana without the proper documentation for medical use, you will be charged with the possession of an illegal substance. However, having less than 20 grams is considered a misdemeanor rather than a felony.
Marijuana and its Medical Uses
In the wake of voter approval, Florida courts have issued Amendment 2. This allows patients with a debilitating medical condition access to medical marijuana. All you have to do is present a physician’s certification and a valid identification card.
If you have the following illnesses, you are entitled to access medical marijuana:
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as those already mentioned, so long as your physician believes the use of medical marijuana may improve your condition
The Future of Marijuana Legalization in Florida
There has been a large amount of public support in Florida for allowing the recreational use of marijuana. The Florida Cannabis Act and Florida Recreational Marijuana Amendment push for the right of adults to consume cannabis.
Organizations have been proposing to legalize adult recreational cultivation and consumption of the plant. They are hoping that by 2018, there will be a complete lift on its prohibition. Signatures are being collected in order to move this agenda onto the ballot during the 2018 elections.
Marijuana has its advantages and disadvantages. While it displays significant medical properties, it is still illegal at the national level and recreationally at the state level. You need to be careful and knowledgeable on how to access it for medical use. For any concerns and inquiries on the matter, it is best to call Michael Gottlieb now. We offer Florida’s premier marijuana criminal defense services.