‘It’s The Law’ by Greg Wilson
There are rules and regulations everywhere you look, and it’s important to be cognizant of the law. As they say, ‘Ignorance of the law is no excuse’, and a number of laws are important to know and understand.
In this series of articles, we will be explaining some of the laws with which you should probably be familiar, and today we will address ‘There Are Serious Penalties For Trafficking Marijuana in Florida?’.
While controversial, the sale and recreational use of marijuana, or reefer as it is also known, is slowly being made legal in some states.
However, Florida is not one of them. In Florida, those who engage in the trafficking of marijuana will be criminally charged.
Under Florida Statutes, if an individual knowingly either sells, buys, manufactures, delivers or by some other means introduces over 25 pounds of marijuana into the state, he or she could be charged with “trafficking in cannabis.”
This is a first-degree felony and there are serious penalties involved, should one be convicted of this crime.
The penalties are based on how much marijuana is being trafficked. If a person traffics between 26 pounds of marijuana and 1,999 pounds of marijuana, he or she could be sentenced to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
If a person traffics between 2,000 pounds of marijuana and 9,999 pounds of marijuana, he or she could be sentenced to seven years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Finally, if a person traffics 10,000 pounds or more of marijuana, he or she could be sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $200,000 fine.
As this shows, while some may think marijuana is safe to use and that the concept of “reefer madness” is antiquated and even ridiculous, that does not make the sale of marijuana in the state legal.
Those who are convicted of trafficking marijuana face severe consequences. If one is charged with trafficking in cannabis, they should make sure they understand their rights, so they can prepare a strong criminal defense strategy.
They say that ‘He who represents himself has a fool for a client’. The prudent thing to do when arrested is to consult with an attorney, and we discuss that in another article.
This series is not meant to constitute legal advice, and you should always consult an attorney when in doubt, when making life-changing legal decisions or when accused of a crime.
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Greg Wilson is an attorney practicing law in the greater Panama City, Florida area, with offices in Marianna, Chipley, Bonifay, Blountstown and Panama City. For more information please call Greg Wilson at 850-600-7088 or visit his website at www.GregWilsonLawFirm.com.