Are you growing marijuana? You better get ready as the police may come knocking with a search and seizure warrant. Merely possessing marijuana is illegal in Florida. If you get caught, you will have a lot of explaining to do and a lot of penalties to pay.

What is Marijuana in Florida?

Also known as weed or loud, the drug marijuana has been utilized as an anesthetic, analgesic, antibiotic, antidepressant, and sedative all over the world. The chemical delta-9-tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC) is what causes the intoxicating effects that people seek.

Due to its THC content, marijuana may cause visual hallucinations, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and psychoses that may last four to six hours.

Is Marijuana Illegal in Florida?

Possessing, manufacturing, selling, or trafficking marijuana is generally illegal in Florida. However, due to the medical benefits that marijuana can provide, medical marijuana was legalized under Amendment 2.

Medical Marijuana in Florida

Starting January 2017, Amendment 2 legalized access to medical marijuana for patients with debilitating conditions.
Cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, human immunodeficiency virus, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome are examples of the debilitating conditions the amendment is referring to. Patients need to present a certification from a physician and a valid identification card to receive the drug. Detailed rules and regulation are in progress now.

Penalties for Marijuana Charges

While Amendment 2 is in limbo, one thing is clear: you still cannot have marijuana for recreational use. If you get caught, you will get charged with a drug crime, which is always aggressively addressed by the Florida government.

As a citizen, knowing what consequences you will face is a must.

Penalties for Marijuana Charges

While Amendment 2 is in limbo, one thing is clear: you still cannot have marijuana for recreational use. If you get caught, you will get charged with a drug crime, which is always aggressively addressed by the Florida government.

As a citizen, knowing what consequences you will face is a must.

  • Marijuana Possession

The amount of marijuana you possess is extremely important. If charged with a marijuana-related offense, owning less than 20 grams of the drug will require you to pay a maximum jail time of one year and a fine of $1000. This is considered a misdemeanor and having such record can negatively impact your life.  Depending on where you are the officer could issue you a ticket and a fine.

If you possess 20 grams or more of marijuana, you have committed a felony. Since you own a greater amount, you will have to pay more. Punishment includes a maximum jail time of five years and a fine of $5000. Revocation of your driving license can also occur.

  • Marijuana Manufacture and Sale

Growing marijuana for personal use or for sale is still illegal. If drug manufacturing is done within 1000 feet of drug-free places like a school or public recreation area, penalties are greater. Such crime is a second-degree felony, punishable with jail time of up to 15 years.

  • Marijuana Trafficking

Trafficking is simply possession a threshold amount of the ganja. This crime involves 25 pounds or more of marijuana and is a first-degree felony punishable by a 3-year minimum mandatory prison sentence and a maximum prison exposure of 30 years and a fine of $25,000. As the weight increases, so do the penalties.

Have You Been Charged with Marijuana-Related Offense? Hire a Defense Lawyer Today!

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Our Clients

[There] aren’t that many people left in this world that give you[their] word and keep it. Chad genuinely cares about the problem at hand. Whether minute or something very serious you can sit back and relax, knowing you have the best representation available. I would recommend Chad to my family and friends.

– Client

(Jan 15, 2013) I had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Chad when we were both supervising attorneys within the Domestic Violence Unit at the State Attorney’s Office here in Miami-Dade County. We successfully tried numerous jury trials together, and I always look forward to the opportunity of working with him again on any matter. Chad is a phenomenal attorney whose training, experience, intelligence and trial skills are only matched by his commitment to excellence. He is very trustworthy, hard working, and always uses his experience to get positive results for his clients without fail. As such, Chad’s stellar reputation amongst the legal community is very well deserved.

– Robin Pimentel (Worked together on matter)

I have known Chad as both a dedicated prosecutor as well as an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who regularly achieves well beyond his clients’ expectations.

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(Feb 7, 2013) Mr. Piotrowski is a highly skilled lawyer. He has an outstanding reputation with the judges. I endorse this lawyer!

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(Jan 8, 2018) When i first contacted through email i was suprised and impressed that he was willing to call me to discuss the case at 10pm. He was honest and real reasonable priced and didnt use agressive sales and fear tactics like other lawyers use. He treated me fairly and not like a criminal. Was falsely arrested by miami dade narc cops for preworkout supplement that they claimed was opoids and 100% cbd hemp oil that they claimed is thc oil. Chad was agressive and moved quickly got this case dismised at the araignment for a reasonable price.

– Doug (Case dismissed at araignment)

(Oct 26, 2017) I called Chad on a weekend for a free consult, he was at the park with his family, he was hired on the spot as we spoke. We researched him online extensively, read reviews etc. During the months of anxiety, Chad would call/text to explain anything or address concerns and try to calm my nerves. He doesn’t act/talk strict & binding. He’s very hands-on, experienced, knows his work, 110% trustworthy, very out-going, straight-forward tells you as it is, crack jokes, and actually keeps in communication, which is very important, because being informed helps you to understand everything as you go along. So, here you have a lawyer who is not only good at law but is a people’s person, not like some unpleasant, overpriced ones out there. We recommend Chad to ANYONE. If you’re in doubt or worried about something, trust HIM! He was also very affordable and had a very convenient payment plan. CASE DISMISSED.

– Anonymous

(Jan 8, 2017) Chad is an excellent attorney. As a working parent I was not able to be at court to support my daughter while going through criminal charges. Chad was there every single time supporting my daughter by keeping her informed, by contacting her previous attorneys from out of State to reduce her case from criminal to civil. There are no words I can ever express to convey my gratitude.
Thank you Chad

– Carmen

(Jan 6, 2016) I had three trumped up felony charges over something that should have been a police warning at most and the prosecution really, really wanted to pin on me.
Chad went above and beyond both in how he treated me and how he handled the case. My life isn’t ruined right now because of him. He got everything DISMISSED while every other attorney i spoke to were happy to take whatever offer they were given, still leaving me with a ruined record.
Chad, thank you, hiring you was the best decision I’ve ever made.

– Raymond

(Dec 4, 2013) Chad was fantastic. I had a felony case, and as my first offense, I was scared and confused on the entire process. I am glad I choose Chad to represent me, after speaking with so many lawyers. He was honest and detailed from the beginning. He got my case dismissed.

– Anonymous

If you need a lawyer in Miami I suggest you go with Chad Piotrowski. He was very adamant about beating my case. He put in maximum effort into my case. He mad me feel comfortable and confident the entire way throughout my case. In the end he fought to get me the very possible outcome. I would definitely retain his services again and recommend him to friends and family. Thank you Chad.

– Julian Sanchez

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Mr. Piotrowski is very professional. Mr. Piotrowski represented my nephew and we couldn’t ask for a better attorney. There was never a call not answered, emails and text messages were always answered.
I would refer anyone to mr. Piotrowski I would trust him with anyone in my family. If you need an attorney I guarantee Mr. Piotrowski is the one!!!
Thank you again!!

– Salazar & Moreno Family

I came to Mr. Piotrowski through a friend Ozz Lopez after we had been in pretty bad accident. He was bery attentive from day one. He quickly got us all the medical attention we needed. He explained how everything would work in detail. He went over what were the next steps we needed to take in order to get the care and compensation we deserved. He kept in touch through are physical therapy. He then went to work for us. I am pleased to say he has not let us down. We have been taken care of physically and finacially. Thank You Mr. Priotrowski & Mr. Poses for your help! Five Stars!

– Robert Perez


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