Marijuana, cannabis and pot are three of the most commonly used names for the plants under the genus Cannabis. Florida is now considering making medical marijuana legal to its residents in need, depending on the results of the November elections.

Now that we are faced with this possibility, it is very important to understand that while medical and recreational marijuana are similar, they are completely different at the same time.

What is Medical Marijuana?

This past June, Governor Rick Scott passed a law that will allow limited use of a specific strain of medical marijuana. The bill allows those suffering from epileptic seizures and other serious illnesses to receive medical marijuana.

The strain Governor Scott legalized is commonly called Charlotte’s Web. It is high in Cannabidiol (CBD), which is known for preventing seizures and treating other illnesses. The strain is also low in Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the property in cannabis that gets the user high.

The Charlotte’s Web strain is not for smoking. It is an oil extract placed under the patient’s tongue. Smoking marijuana is currently illegal in Florida.

The future of medical marijuana will depend on the November election. Voters will decide if medical marijuana should be legalized entirely in the state of Florida. If the bill passes, all types of marijuana will become available to Floridians with qualifying medical conditions.

What is Recreational Marijuana?

Currently, recreational marijuana is illegal in all states excluding Colorado and Washington. Even if the medical marijuana bill passes in Florida, it will still be illegal for anyone without a prescription to possess marijuana. Those who are caught with it could be facing serious charges depending on their previous criminal record and the amount of marijuana in their possession:

  • 20 Grams or Fewer: First-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.
  • 20 Grams or More: Third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

The current law in Florida sees no difference between medical and recreational marijuana. Even if you are using marijuana for medical purposes, you could be facing some serious jail time.

If you or someone you know has been charged with possession of cannabis, call the Khonsari Law Group. We have experience defending drug crimes, and will fight vigorously for your rights. Do not risk your freedom! Call KLG today.