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Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Florida

Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 1:04 pm    

If you’re like most adults over the age of 18, you’ve heard about “marijuana decriminalization.” Essentially, decriminalization means that if someone is caught possessing marijuana for personal consumption for the first time, they will not be arrested, they won’t be sent to jail or prison, and they won’t acquire a criminal record.

Some of the states that have fully or partially decriminalized marijuana include California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Vermont, Mississippi, Connecticut, Maine, and Maryland. Florida however, is NOT on the list and one of the main reasons for this is that Florida, like Texas, has a significant drug trafficking problem.

Florida is a Gateway for Illegal Drugs

“Florida’s proximity to drug-producing and transshipment countries and its well-developed transportation infrastructure make it an ideal gateway for the movement of both licit and illicit goods into and through the United States. Drug transporters frequently use maritime vessels, commercial and private aircraft, and package delivery services to smuggle illicit drugs into Florida.

“They also use commercial trucks and private vehicles and, to a lesser extent, buses and railcars to transport drugs into the state. Many of these conveyances also are used to transport illicit drugs from Florida to other states and cities–particularly New York and Atlanta–that serve as major transportation hubs and distribution centers for various illicit drugs,” according to the National Drug Intelligence Center, Florida Drug Threat Assessment.

In light of the above, marijuana possession is still illegal in Florida, unless they are a Florida resident who holds a Florida medical marijuana card and possess only what they’ve been prescribed (like any other prescription). For those who do not have a marijuana card, the penalties for marijuana possession in Florida are as follows:

  • Possession of 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine not to exceed $1,000.
  • Possession of more than 20 grams to 25 pounds is a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $5,000.
  • Possession of more than 25 pounds but less than 2000 pounds is a felony, punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison and by a fine not to exceed $25,000.

Are you facing marijuana charges? If so, we urge you to contact the Morris Firm at once to schedule a free consultation. With extensive experience defending marijuana cases, we stand ready to fight zealously on your behalf.


Age of Consent in Florida

Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 12:39 pm    

Legal Sex Age in Florida

In Florida, the age of consent is 18 years old, sexual intercourse with someone who is under 18 is considered statutory rape. There is a close-in-age exemption (Romeo & Juliet Law) allowing minors who are 16 or 17 to have sex with someone no older than 23 years old.

Here are the types of sex crimes in Florida that fall under statutory rape:

  • Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors – This crime occurs when an adult who is at least 24 sexually penetrates a minor who is 16 or 17. Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors is a second-degree felony, which carries a maximum 15-year prison term and a fine not exceeding $10,000.
  • Lewd and lascivious crimes involving a minor less than 16 years old – This crime occurs when a person over 18 years old engages in sexual conduct with a minor between 12 and 15 years of age. Depending on the circumstances of the case, lewd and lascivious crimes involving a minor less than 16 years old is charged between a third-degree felony and a life felony.
  • Sexual battery on an individual less than 12 – This crime occurs when a person commits a sexual offense against a child who is younger than 12 years of age. Sexual battery is either a first-degree felony offense or a capital felony offense.
  • Computer pornography or meeting up with minors – This crime occurs when an adult discusses sexual activity with a minor on the internet, with the intention to meet up and make sexual contact. Computer pornography or meeting up with minors can be charged as either a third- or second-degree felony.

If you have been accused of statutory rape in Pensacola, contact the Morris Firm and schedule a case evaluation today.


When medical marijuana and opioid treatment meet Drug Free Workplace laws

Posted on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 8:02 am    

Florida businesses have a right to be drug-free workplaces. But the introduction of medical marijuana — combined with treatments for opioid addiction — leaves some with questions. Can you be high at work, if it’s prescribed by a doctor?

The answer, of course, has plenty of precedent.

Read the full story at WLRN Miami