August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Floridians push for legalization of medical marijuana---
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Individuals who are suffering from certain illnesses, such as glaucoma, cancer and multiple sclerosis, have found that using marijuana can help alleviate some of the severe symptoms associated with their disease. This discovery has led some states to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, providing a safe and effective process for patients to acquire medical-use marijuana.
Recently, there has been a push in Florida to allow medical marijuana, with activists hoping to have a proposal on the ballot in 2014. John Morgan, an Orlando personal injury attorney, has offered his financial support to the effort. In order to get the proposal on the ballot, those involved will have to obtain signatures from over 683,000 Floridians -- the equivalent of 8 percent of those who turned out for the 2012 presidential election. A recent item in the Orlando Sentinel August 16, 2013 advised that 110,000 signatures had already been collected.
As currently written, the proposal identifies specific illnesses that would qualify an individual to be eligible for a medical marijuana prescription. In addition, the proposal states that the Florida Department of Health will be responsible for regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. Under the terms of the proposal, insurance companies will not be required to provide coverage for medical marijuana use, and those who are qualified for such prescriptions will be issued ID cards.
The United for Care campaign has reported strong support among Floridians for legalizing medical marijuana in the state. According to the campaign, 70 percent of voters in Florida support the initiative.
Fight charges of marijuana possession in Florida
Unfortunately, until a measure is passed in Florida, marijuana use continues to be illegal in the state, regardless of whether an individual suffers from a serious illness. In fact, the penalties for a marijuana possession conviction in Florida can be severe, depending on the amount found in the person's possession.
Under Florida law, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana can lead to misdemeanor charges, with a potential one-year jail sentence, a fine of up to $1,000 and loss of driving privileges for two years. If an individual is convicted of possessing over 20 grams of marijuana, the consequences are heightened. In such cases, he or she can face felony charges, resulting in a maximum fine of $5,000 and a jail sentence of up to five years. The same penalties are possible if an individual is convicted of growing even a single marijuana plant, an offense called "cultivation."
The penalties are most severe for those convicted of possessing in excess of 25 pounds or 300 or more cannabis plants. In such cases labeled "trafficking," the felony conviction can lead to up to 30 years in jail and a minimum mandatory term of three years. The fine is increased to a mandatory $25,000. Amounts in excess of 2,000 pounds are even more severely punished.
As the consequences can be serious, it is critical for those facing marijuana possession charges to seek the advice of an attorney with expertise in this area of the law. Identifying a legal professional who is associated with the National Legal Committee of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is one way to ensure that lawyer is familiar with marijuana laws in the state.
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