Medical marijuana patients still have to follow the law

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2021 | Blog, Marijuana Crimes |

For some people in Florida, medical marijuana can increase their quality of life. Several conditions might make you eligible to purchase marijuana as part of your treatment. However, if you stray outside the lines of the law, you might find yourself in trouble.

Eligibility

Not every medical condition makes someone eligible for a medical marijuana card, but the range of medical conditions that might make you eligible is reasonably inclusive. You can find out more by visiting a certified doctor.

Acquiring medical marijuana

Once you have a medical marijuana card, you still have to be careful about how you get your marijuana. You may only purchase it from a licensed dispensary. If you get marijuana from a friend, that’s against the law. Unless you stick to licensed dispensaries, you might face legal consequences.

Federal versus state law

Though medical marijuana is legal under Florida law, it’s still illegal on a federal level. The federal government often refrains from interfering with the decisions of state governments, but that doesn’t mean you can travel across state lines with medical marijuana. If you take marijuana out of Florida, your actions fall under federal purview, and you could face drug charges.

Privacy and police

Usually, your medical marijuana records are available only to the Florida Department of Health, your doctors and medical marijuana treatment center staff. There is, however, an exception. If police are investigating you for a cannabis-related crime and you tell them you’re using it medicinally, they can access your records.

Obtaining medical marijuana is becoming easier for the people who need it, but the laws are still complex. To reap the benefits of marijuana without legal headaches, stay within the limits of the law. If you are under police scrutiny due to a misunderstanding, a criminal defense attorney may help you.