Penalties for Cannabis in Florida
Florida has the most regressive penalties in the United States.
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor punishable by a
maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and a maximum fine of
* Donotes the first number is a mandatory minimum sentence.
Mandatory minimum sentences give total control to the State Attorney
who determines the final charges. When sentences include mandatory
minimums, the person is not eligible for reduced sentences, earned
time probation or parole until the minimum is served. Learn more
about ending mandatory minimum sentences in Florida.
Florida also has enhanced penalties of 15 Years and up to $10,000
fine if the above takes place within 1000 yards of a school, park,
college or other designated area.
But there is more....
Even a conviction for misdemeanor possession can cause the
suspension of the person's driver's license for two years.
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. If the person convicted is
also a patient, the impact is exponential. Learn more about patient
advocacy campaigns in Florida.
State with legal medical cannabis.
State with decriminalized cannabis possession laws.
State with both medical and decriminalization laws.
State with legalized cannabis.