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Cannabis in Florida is legal for medical use per Florida Amendment 2 (2016), but illegal for recreational use.

Possession of 20 grams or less of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000. Possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Sale or delivery within 1,000 feet of a school, college, park, or other specified area is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000. The sale of 25 pounds or less of marijuana is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000. However, the delivery of 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000. (source)

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Florida Amendment 2 passed during the general election on November 8, 2016, with a vote of 71.3% for versus 28.7% against. The goal of Amendment 2 is to alleviate those suffering from these medical conditions: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualified medical condition or other debilitating medical conditions comparable to those listed. Under Amendment 2, the medical marijuana will be given to the patient if the physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient but under the Florida regulations smoking the medication is not allowed, instead the product can be consumed as edibles or by using vaping, oils, sprays or pills.


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History


  • The Florida Legislature enacted the Therapeutic Research Program, which was never operational

    1978

    The program would have required federal permission and would have involved pharmacies dispensing marijuana to cancer and glaucoma patients. It was repealed in 1984.

  • Florida House of Representatives Budget Committee passed the "so-called Charlotte's Web measure bill took effect

    2014-07-01

  • Florida Vote to Legalize Medical Marijuana

    2016-11-08

    71.3% of Florida voters approves amending the state constitution to allow medical marijuana for conditions including Cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.


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