In recent years, there has been a political shift in the United States when it comes to marijuana. Almost half of the states have passed medical marijuana legislation and three states have outright legalized recreational cannabis consumption.
In Florida, however, possession of cannabis for any purpose is still illegal. And if you are caught you may face some serious consequences.
Possible Consequences of a Conviction for Possession of Cannabis
- If you are convicted—even of a misdemeanor possession charge—your driver’s license can be suspended for up to 2 years;
- If you are caught with more than 20 grams of marijuana, you can be charged with a felony and face up to 5 years in state prison;
- If you are convicted of felony possession of marijuana, you will not only face up to 5 years in state prison, you will also lose your right to vote, serve on a jury, and carry a firearm;
- If you are a legal permanent resident and you are convicted of possessing more than 30 grams of marijuana, you could be deported;
- If you receive any marijuana conviction (felony or misdemeanor) you will face a five-year ban on adoption or foster parent eligibility, and after the five-year ban you will need special review by an adoption review committee;
- If you are convicted of even misdemeanor possession, you will be disqualified from receiving both federal and state student financial aid;
- If you are convicted of a felony, you may face ineligibility for certain permits, state licenses, or certifications without registering in a drug treatment program; and
- If you receive any drug-related conviction, you will face a 3-year ban on eligibility for public housing.
Felony Possession of Marijuana vs. Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana
The vast majority of marijuana possession cases are charged as misdemeanors. This is because possession of under 20 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor under Florida law. Conversely, possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis is considered a felony. If you possess more than 25 pounds of marijuana, you can be charged with trafficking in marijuana.
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with possession of cannabis or possession of marijuana, it is critical to consult with an experienced Miami attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. You need the counsel of an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process and maximize your chances of resolving your case with a favorable outcome.
Contact an Experienced Miami Possession of Marijuana Lawyer
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