Drug offenses involving cannabis in Florida

There are many drugs that are illegally distributed in Florida. Each drug carry unique fines and penalties, some of them leading to lengthy prison sentences and costly fines. It is important for Orlando, Florida, residents to understand each drug offense so they know the penalties attached. One of the most common drug offenses stem from cannabis. Generally, “cannabis” refers to parts of the plant from the cannabis genus. The resin or seeds of the cannabis are extracted and formed into a highly addictive mixture. Manufacturing, distribution and use of cannabis extracts can lead to drug charges.

Importing any amount of cannabis in Florida is a felony offense. This can lead to maximum of 5 years prison sentence and $5,000 in fines. Carrying at least 20 grams of cannabis is considered a misdemeanor offense. This can lead to $1,000 in fines and maximum of one year of jail time. People who manufacture up to 25 pounds of cannabis can be charged with a felony offense that carries a five-year prison sentence and $5,000 in fines.

Possessing or manufacturing at least 25 to 2,000 pounds of cannabis is also felony offense and can lead to a maximum of 15 years of jail time and $25,000 in fines. People who are caught carrying or manufacturing 2,000 to 10,000 pounds of cannabis may face felony offenses, including a minimum of seven years jail time and $50,000 fines. Carrying and manufacturing 10,000 pounds or more is also a felony offense that can lead to a maximum of 30 years of prison time and $200,000 in fines.

Cannabis-related offenses carry harsh penalties, depending on the amount confiscated. Residents who were charged with such offenses should craft a solid defense to avoid serious penalties. They may enlist a legal professional’s help and start building a solid defense.

Source: flcan.org, “Definition of cannabis in Florida criminal code,” accessed Dec. 25, 2014