It is illegal to possession marijuana in Florida. The Florida drug law that prohibits it is Section 893.13. The law could change soon, because “Florida voters this November will vote on a constitutional amendment that would allow the use of medical marijuana.” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi opposed having the constitutional amendment on the ballot. The Florida Supreme Court disagreed with Bondi’s argument against placing the medical marijuana amendment on the November ballot. Read Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Ballot on the Jacksonville attorneys website for information about the FL Supreme Court ruling.
There has been a push against legalizing marijuana in Florida, but there appears to be a lot more people in support of its medicinal use. A new poll was released showing that “nearly 9 out of 10 Floridians support the medical use of marijuana.” Quinnipiac University released the findings claiming, “88 percent of Florida voters support allowing adults to use marijuana for medical purposes if a doctor prescribes it. Support is over 80 percent for all age groups.” The poll went further than addressing the issue of medical marijuana. The poll also touched on the legal use of recreational marijuana and “found 53 percent of voters support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of pot for personal use.” The poll results are founded upon a Quinnipiac survey of 1,413 registered Florida voters. This “poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percent.” Due to the results, “Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said the findings show the amendment is likely to pass.” (First Coast News reports that Floridian’s Strongly Support Medical Marijuana)
While the poll indicates that a majority of Florida voters support a broader legalization of marijuana, only the use of marijuana for medical purposes is going to be decided in November 2014. If it passes, it is still illegal to possess cannabis in Jacksonville. If you are caught, you will be arrested or issued a notice to appear in court. While it may not seem like a serious charge considering that the majority of voters may approve of it, it is still a crime. This will be on your Florida criminal background.
If you are arrested for illegally possessing cannabis or any other drug or controlled substance, contact a Jacksonville criminal lawyer about your case. A Jacksonville criminal attorney at 20 Miles Law may be able to help you. Call (904) 564-2525.