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Distribution of Marijuana

Marijuana laws are being reformed throughout the country. However, it still is illegal in Florida, so merely possessing the drug is a crime punishable by law. If you are accused of manufacturing or distributing the substance, the charges can be much more serious and the penalties can be harsher.

Distribution can mean a variety of things, and it often refers to the selling, providing or delivering of drugs. There are serious penalties associated with distributing marijuana, also known as “weed” or “pot.”

If you are convicted of the crime you could face jail time, expensive fines or the combination of both. In addition, a criminal record could affect your ability to find a job or housing. It will appear on any background check, which could have long-term consequences. It is important you have a criminal defense attorney on your case.

West Palm Beach Cannabis Defense Attorney

If you are charged with distributing marijuana, contact Palm Beach County marijuana defense attorney Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Stine has defended clients in South Florida for more than a decade, and he fights for the rights of his clients. He is adamant about getting the best possible outcome in each case.

Stine represents clients throughout Palm Beach County, including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Wellington. Call 561.880.4300 to schedule a free case evaluation.

Information About Distribution of Marijuana

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Elements of Charges for Distribution of Marijuana

Marijuana, or cannabis, is one of the most popular and most used controlled substances in Florida, including Palm Beach County. Cannabis is defined as all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, according to Florida Statute § 893.02.

Florida law addresses cannabis differently from other illegal substances. It is considered a schedule I substance and usually has lesser charges. However, distribution is considered a serious crime, and depending on the amount involved, the consequences could be serious.

Distribution of marijuana is not considered the same as trafficking. The charges typically are determined by the amount of drugs being moved, and trafficking involves large quantities of narcotics. According to Florida law, the charges for trafficking begin with 25 pounds of marijuana or 300 cannabis plants.

In Florida, it is illegal to sell or distribute marijuana. Often times, the charge would be a third-degree felony. However, penalties for the charge can be determined by where the drug was sold and to whom.

For example, it is illegal to sell marijuana within 1,000 feet of a child care facility, school, park, community center, publicly owned recreational center, place of worship, a housing facility or assisted living facility.

If marijuana is sold or distributed within those areas, it could be considered a second-degree felony. Also, if marijuana is sold to a minor, the accused could face a second-degree felony.

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Penalties for Distributing Marijuana

Selling or distributing marijuana in Florida is a third-degree felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. If you are arrested for selling marijuana in a restricted area or to a minor, the charge could be upgraded and you could face a second-degree felony. In Florida, a second-degree felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

The charges for trafficking are more serious and carry minimum sentences. If you are charged with trafficking between 25 and 2,000 pounds of marijuana, you could face a minimum three-year sentence and a $25,000 fine. Penalties can increase to a 15-year minimum sentence and a $200,000 fine for five tons or more.

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Finding the Best Marijuana Defense Lawyer in Palm Beach County

If you are facing distribution of marijuana charges, contact West Palm Beach marijuana defense attorney Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Stine will work with his clients to ensure the best possible outcome in the case. He will fight to have the charges reduced or even dropped. Call 561.880.4300 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your marijuana case.