Marijuana is being legalized for medical use in various states throughout the USA, but for the past few years American citizens have been confusing medical marijuana legal rights for recreational use and ending up arrested for marijuana possession. As a matter of fact, according to Jacksonville.com, the FBI stated that more people in the United States were arrested for pot in 2016 than all violent crimes combined.
In Florida, some cities (such as Orlando and Tampa) have reduced the penalty for being charged with using marijuana for recreational use to a mere $100 fine. In other Florida cities, using marijuana for non-medical purposes isn’t looked at as casually, but if someone is charged with marijuana possession and has never been arrested before, they may avoid going to jail (and having a criminal record) if they cooperate and complete a mandatory substance abuse program. However, the programs frequently also demand the person charged for marijuana possession pay costly fines, undergo probation and serve a set number of public service hours.
Some Floridians are complaining that state lawmakers have dragged their feet on getting things moving for medical marijuana in Florida. However, those who have attended legislative meetings on the medical marijuana issue claim a lot of the procrastination is due to concern over establishing regulation for the public’s safety. This explains why the new campaign called ‘Drive Baked, Get Busted’ was created – to put the fear into patients who are prescribed medical marijuana not to drive while under the influence of their marijuana prescriptions.
Florida law enforcement are arranging ‘roadside sobriety’ tests to detect drivers under the influence of marijuana. However, no accurate roadside test is actually available scientifically to prove someone is unable to drive a vehicle due to digesting or smoking marijuana. Urine and blood tests are not going to work for immediate detection because THC (the chemical in pot which causes mind altering changes) stays in a person’s body anywhere from several days to months. Nonetheless, Florida police officers are convinced their own experience alone can detect someone who is under the influence of marijuana and too ‘baked’ to drive.
Signs Florida law enforcement officials are looking for when they suspect a driver is under the influence of marijuana include (but are not limited to):
What are the Marijuana Laws in Florida?
The statutes list specific diseases and conditions:
Keep in mind, regardless of the new marijuana laws and Amendment 2 (’Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative’) which went into effect on January 3rd, 2017, if your name is not listed in the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry and you do not have a medical marijuana card, you should not have in your possession or be under the influence of marijuana at any time. But regardless of whether or not you have a medical marijuana card, no one is permitted to drive while under the influence.
Driving while baked is definitely a ‘no-no’. Florida legislators’ primary concern regarding legalizing marijuana in any capacity is about safety. The dangers involved when driving under the influence of marijuana has been at the top of their conversations while working on setting Amendment 2 into action. Florida lawmakers do not want citizens prescribed medical marijuana to be careless and drive while taking their prescriptions.
There is a long list of medical marijuana dispensaries now open in Florida. However, these dispensaries only sell marijuana pen oil, vape accessories and prescription pills. Smokable cannabis is NOT legal for medical or recreational purposes in the state of Florida.
If you are dealing with a chronic illness and believe using medical marijuana will help to relieve pain or increase your appetite, you should make an appointment with a Florida Medical Marijuana doctor before making the mistake of self-medicating without a legal prescription. Once you are added by your physician to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, you are then eligible to legally buy medical marijuana in the state of Florida.
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