In January, I wrote an article on the Jacksonville attorneys website about Florida legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. While marijuana is still illegal in Florida, this could change if voters approve a constitutional amendment. Read Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Ballot for more information about medical marijuana in Florida. There are many people that support this amendment, so there is a good chance that the amendment may pass. United For Care is a group that has been working “to get people to the poles in November” in order to pass Amendment 2. “Their goal is to get people to sign up for absentee ballot request forms just in case they don’t make it to the poles in November.” In an effort to prevent this, “a new public awareness campaign is underway, called ‘Don’t let Florida go to Pot.’” The Florida Sheriff’s Association “is now working to spread the word about the harm they believe will come from passing Amendment 2.”
Grady Judd is the President of the Florida Sheriff’s Association. He stated, “This is not a constitutional amendment just to help the very sick…. There’s a loophole in it large enough to float a battle ship.” Concern arises because “the amendment states its covered diagnoses including cancer, glaucoma and AIDS.” However, it does not end there. “It also allows for ‘other conditions for which a physician believes that medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.’” (First Coast News Jacksonville FL)
This is the same fear that most people have that do not support the law. They are afraid that legalizing marijuana for medical reasons will create a slippery slope, and pot will become more readily available to people that do not need it. As voters, we have until November to make a decision. It is important to do our own research before then. Regardless, Jacksonville possession of cannabis is still a crime. It does not matter if you need it for medical purposes. If you are caught with marijuana you could be arrested or issued a notice to appear citation. If this happens to you, speak to a Jacksonville criminal lawyer about your situation. A marijuana possession arrest or criminal ticket may still create a Florida criminal record. A Jacksonville criminal attorney may be able to help you with this. Call 20 Miles Law at (904) 564-2525 to speak to a lawyer in Jacksonville with experience.