Definition of Cannabis in Florida Criminal Code

"Cannabis" means all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin. The term does not include "low-THC cannabis," as defined in s. 381.986, if manufactured, possessed, sold, purchased, delivered, distributed, or dispensed, in conformance with s. 381.986.

Drug policies in this country are being critically reevaluated for their effectiveness. Since 1933, Florida has enforced their policies under the models of criminalization and, now, medicalization of the cannabis plant. Under Florida's current criminal code:

  • Any drug conviction, with the exception of drug paraphernalia, can cause the suspension of the person's driver's license for two (2) years.
  • In addition to the the penalties listed below, Florida also has enhanced penalties of 15 years and up to $10,000 fine if the crimes listed below takes place within 1,000 yards of a school, park, church, day care, college or other designated area.
  • Persons who possess cannabis - and have children - are also subject to investigation from the Florida Department of Children and Families. These families face the threat of having minor children removed from the home, in addition to other legal consequences.

The following are Florida's current criminal penalties, not including the exemptions under the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014:

Cannabis Paraphernalia

"Paraphernalia" under state law includes an extensive list of objects used to grow, harvest, manufacture, test, store, or use cannabis. Penalties vary according to the violation.

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Cannabis Cultivation

The "manufacture," or cultivation, means the cultivating, preparation, packaging, production, labeling, compounding, extraction, conversion, or processing of cannabis.

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Legal Support Network

The greatest harm associated with cannabis use is legal. Are you facing criminal charges for cannabis? Are you considering using cannabis in violation of the law to treat a debilitating illness or condition? If you or a loved-one finds yourself in trouble for using cannabis, or considering using cannabis, the Florida CAN Legal Support Network has the resources for you. 

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