Michael A. Haber, P.A. Miami Criminal Lawyer
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In the State of Florida (and as a matter of federal law) Marijuana is a scheduled / controlled / illegal substance, and in Florida (everywhere in Florida) “simple” possession of any amount of marijuana is a crime. If you possess less than twenty (20) grams of marijuana then your offense is a misdemeanor (for which you can be either physically or paper arrested) and if you possess twenty (20) grams or more of marijuana then your crime is a felony (which requires booking into a jail facility).
Recently some local jurisdictions (like Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach) have passed local ordinances which seek to effectively decriminalize misdemeanor possession, offering police the discretion to issue a “civil infraction” (a payable fine which carries no criminal record) instead of making an arrest (paper or physical). It is important to note that while these acts are commendable, until the Florida Legislature “wakes up and smells the sensimilla” and repeals the statute which criminalizes possession (F.S. 893.13), possession of marijuana, even in small quantities, is a criminal act subjecting you to arrest, prosecution and a criminal record. (And, even still, if Florida State law changes the feds must also alter their schedule so as to make marijuana possession “safe” across the board. Until then there is always risk, even in “marijuana-friendly” States such as Colorado and California.)
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