Marijuana Crimes

While many states in the nation have decriminalized or legalized marijuana in recent years, cannabis is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act.

Technically, this means marijuana "has a high potential for abuse and has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and in its use under medical supervision does not meet accepted safety standards," although voters in Florida have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Certain smaller amounts may result only in civil citations in some jurisdictions, but law enforcement may file serious criminal charges in other cases, and alleged offenders can be subject to very serious penalties if convicted.

Attorney for Marijuana Crimes in Pensacola, FL

If you were arrested for an alleged marijuana offense in the Florida Panhandle, it is in your best interest to exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal representation. The Law Office of James M. Burns aggressively defends residents and visitors charged with all kinds of drug crimes in Fort Walton Beach, Perdido Key, Pace, Milton, Navarre, Florida, and many surrounding areas of in both Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties.

James M. Burns is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Pensacola who has defended the rights of those accused of crimes in both Alabama and Florida for decades.

He can review your case and discuss all of your legal options as soon as you call (850) 457-6002 to schedule a free initial consultation.


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Escambia County Marijuana Crimes Information Center


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Types of Marijuana Crimes in Florida

The type of drug crime that an alleged offender may be charged with in relation to marijuana will depend on a number of factors. In addition to the type of activity that a person was allegedly engaged in, the amount of marijuana involved, as well as the location of the alleged offense could impact the severity of the criminal charges.

Some of the most common cannabis charges people face in Escambia County include, but are not limited to:

  • Possession of Marijuana;
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; 
  • Marijuana Grow House/Cultivation; and
  • THC Concentrates.

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Medical Marijuana in Pensacola

On June 16, 2014, Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1030, otherwise known as the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, legalizing a low-THC form of cannabis known as “Charlotte’s Web.”In March 2016, the governor expanded the framework of Florida’s Charlotte’s Web law by signing the Right to Try Act, and voters approved Constitutional Amendment 2 in November of that year.

Amendment 2 expanded the numbers and kinds of “debilitating medical conditions” for which medical marijuana legally may be used including cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.

While Amendment 2 amended Florida Statute §381.986 to provide for the medical use of stronger strains of marijuana, the law still prohibits administration by smoking.

The most recent bill signed by Governor Scott on June 23, 2017, implemented the medical marijuana amendment and could potentially allow more Floridians with serious medical issues to access medical marijuana.

Alleged offenders who face criminal charges for alleged marijuana offenses despite needing cannabis for medical conditions should be absolutely certain to make sure that they speak to an experienced Pensacola criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.


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Marijuana Crime Resources in Escambia County

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) of Florida — NORML is a national nonprofit lobbying organization “working to legalize marijuana, stop arrests of smokers, provide educational research, and legal information on medical cannabis” that has multiple chapters in Florida. On this section of the NORML website, you can find links to the chapter’s Facebook page, email address, and website. The website features volunteer registration, legalization news, and upcoming events.

NORML of Florida
3341 SW 35th St
West Park, FL 33023
(954) 303-9254


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The Law Office of James M. Burns | Pensacola Marijuana Crimes Defense Lawyer

Were you arrested in the greater Escambia County area for an alleged cannabis offense? You should refrain from speaking with the authorities until you have legal counsel. Contact The Law Office of James M. Burns right away.

Pensacola criminal defense attorney James M. Burns represents individuals in communities all over the Florida Panhandle, such as Navarre, Milton, Perdido Key, Pace, Fort Walton Beach, Florida and several others.

Call (850) 457-6002 or submit an online contact form to have our lawyer provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.

This article was last updated on December 21, 2017.