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Marijuana Possession and Florida Criminal Penalties

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In the video above, we discuss how even misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession can have serious consequences under Florida’s criminal laws. A year in jail is nothing to take lightly – and neither is the prospect of losing your license for six months to two years.

But if you use, grow, or distribute marijuana, regardless of the reason, penalties become much more severe. Talk to an Orlando criminal defense lawyer before you get convicted for doing something that can potentially ruin your life.

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Punishments for Possession of Marijuana Under Florida Criminal Statutes

It should be obvious that the more marijuana you have in your possession, the harsher your charges and associated punishments will be. Still, many people are shocked by how quickly Florida’s cannabis possession laws escalate.

We have discussed that possession of cannabis up to 20 grams is a misdemeanor. This includes not only possession, but also cultivating and distributing marijuana. As long as the amount in possession is under 20 grams, you will face a misdemeanor charge. What may not be clear from that statement is that everything above 20 grams is a felony.

Possession over 20 Grams

  • Over 20 grams – a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison
  • 25 plants or more – $10,000 fine and up to 15 years in prison

Florida criminal law argues that marijuana possession of 25 or more plants is considered evidence that you plan to distribute. That means an automatic second degree felony that may cost you $10,000 in fines and up to 15 years in jail.

Distribution or Cultivation

  • Up to 25 pounds – $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison
  • 25 pounds to 2,000 pounds (or up to 2,000 plants) – $25,000 fine, three years minimum in prison, plus federal penalties
  • 2,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds (or up to 10,000 plants – $50,000 fine, seven years minimum in prison, plus federal penalties)
  • 10,000+ pounds (or plants) – $200,000 fine, 15 years minimum in prison, plus federal penalties.
  • Within 1,000 feet of a church, school, daycare center, park, college, or public housing – $10,000 fine and up to 15 years in prison.

Even having marijuana paraphernalia is something that Florida considers a misdemeanor that carries the same punishment as having less than 20 grams of marijuana.

In short, this state’s criminal law takes possession of marijuana very seriously, so you should learn as much as you can. If you need help with a possession case, contact TK Law for immediate assistance.

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