While cannabis remains illegal for recreational use in Florida, the Sunshine State became the first southern U.S state to legalise the plant in any form when they first introduced medical cannabis back in 2016.
But is it legal to grow cannabis in Florida?
In this article, we explore the relevant cannabis laws in Florida relevant to possession, consumption and cultivation.
Cannabis law in Florida
Unfortunately, recreational cannabis use remains illegal in the state of Florida. Possession of up to 20 grams is considered a misdemeanour offence, punishable by up to a year in prison, a fine of up to $1000, as well as the suspension of one’s driver’s license.
However, several cities including San Diego and Miami have introduced new reforms to apply lesser penalties as the state begins to loosen cannabis laws.
As mentioned, medical use was first legalized in 2016 thanks to a constitutional amendment making Florida the first southern state to adopt proactive measures relating to cannabis law.The initiative was overwhelmingly approved with 71% of the total votes cast and with its introduction, medical marijuana can now be cultivated and dispensed to qualifying patients.
Under the legislation, those with debilitating medical ailments as determined by a licensed state physician may qualify to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. Some of the conditions that qualify for medical cannabis use in Florida include cancer, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain, amongst others