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Possessing small amounts of cannabis can be big trouble

Florida and Orlando are common tourist's destinations. Those visiting from states allowing recreational use of marijuana must remember possession of cannabis-based products is illegal in Florida. Even if you purchased the products legally in another state, the police can still charge you with a first-degree misdemeanor. These prohibited products include synthetic cannabis and mixtures and compounds.

Don't confuse the legalization of medical marijuana with recreational marijuana. Nearly half of the United States allow medical use of marijuana. Florida is one those states but has not legalized recreational use of the substance.

That means those found in possession of marijuana without a prescription could find themselves facing legal consequences. Unlawful possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable up to one year or less in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Florida also takes medical marijuana fraud seriously

Florida's legalization of medical marijuana also came with penalties for those who attempt to fraudulently obtain medical marijuana. Here are a few examples of fraud:

  • Illegal possession of prescription slips
  • Lying to a physician with the intent of obtaining a medical marijuana prescription.
  • Forging records.

These offenses lead to third-degree felony charges that carry up to five years in prison with a $5,000 fine.

Florida's marijuana laws may differ from other states

While marijuana legalization is more and more common, it's not legal everywhere. Florida permits possession of marijuana with a valid prescription, but recreational use remains criminalized. Illegally possessing marijuana can lead to stiff penalties. Those bringing cannabis or cannabis-based products across state lines, even if purchased legally in a different state, are also subject to severe penalties. Don't let a possession charge impact your life.

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