Medical cannabis use is legal in Florida since 2014, but recreational use is still illegal. Read on to learn more about Florida's current marijuana laws and where you can find a cannabis dispensary.
What you need to know about Florida’s Cannabis Laws
- Recreational marijuana is illegal in the state of Florida
- Possessing up to 20 grams of marijuana in Florida is a misdemeanor offense carrying up to a $1,000 fine and one year of jail time in addition to a suspension of one’s driver’s license. Possessing over 20 grams of marijuana is punishable with up to five years in prison.
- Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Florida for adults with a qualifying condition who possess a medical marijuana card
- Florida is home to medical marijuana dispensaries located across the state
- It is illegal to grow marijuana in the state of Florida for residents even if you possess a medical marijuana card
Florida Medical Marijuana Laws
In 2014, Florida legalized the use of medical marijuana for qualified patients. Residents seeking a medical marijuana card must meet with a physician to obtain a recommendation to treat a qualifying condition. Physician’s in Florida must then add qualifying patients to the medical marijuana registry where patients can request their medical marijuana ID cards. Neither patients or caregivers are allowed to grow marijuana.
If you are traveling to Florida and possess an out-of-state medical marijuana card, you are not allowed to purchase marijuana from a medical dispensary. Out-of-state medical card holders may face the same penalties for possessing marijuana as residents in the state.
Recreational Marijuana Legislation in Florida
As of 2021, no significant progress has been made in Florida in regard to legalization. Decriminalization efforts have also made little to no progress in the state.
Additional Marijuana Laws to be Aware of in Florida
Public use or consumption of marijuana is illegal in California. This includes sporting and music venues, state and national parks, campsites, bars, restaurants, and more.
- Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in the state of Florida and drivers may be asked to submit to a blood/urine test if expected of driving while impaired.
- The use of marijuana in public places is prohibited even for medical marijuana patients.
- Medical marijuana cards must be renewed annually.
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