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What to know about medical marijuana in Florida

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2020 | Marijuana Crimes

While it is legal to possess medical marijuana with high levels of THC in the state of Florida, it is illegal to use it in public. Ideally, those who are transporting this type of medical marijuana in their cars will keep it in a trunk or other location that is clearly out of a driver’s reach. This may be helpful if an individual is pulled over by an officer who has questions about an individual’s sobriety.

It is generally not a good idea for someone who has used marijuana with a significant amount of THC to drive immediately after doing so. A person who uses marijuana that contains less than .8% of THC may consume it in public. However, it is still a good idea to consume it more than 1,500 feet from a school or park to avoid potentially receiving a harsher sentence in a federal case.

If a person is facing federal drug charges, it won’t be possible to mount a medical marijuana defense. This is because marijuana possession and use is prohibited for any reason by federal law. Furthermore, a person cannot bring cannabis onto an airplane because it is still prohibited at the national level. An individual’s luggage may be searched if there is reason to believe that he or she has marijuana or any other illegal substances.

Individuals who are charged with state or federal drug crimes may face penalties such as jail time or a fine. An attorney may help a person dispute a charge or negotiate a favorable plea deal. A plea deal may allow a person to pay a fine or spend time on probation as opposed to going to jail or prison. Legal counsel may get evidence suppressed in an effort to get a drug case dismissed.