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Marijuana Charges

People, politicians, lobbyists, and legislators across the nation are embroiled in a debate about whether marijuana – also known as cannabis, pot, weed, ganja, bud, hydro, and chronic – should remain illegal as a medical substance and/or as a recreational substance. Some states, like California, have decided that marijuana is an acceptable medical substance, while other states, like Colorado, have decided to legalize marijuana as a recreational substance as well.

While 20 states and Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana, and 14 states have legalized cannabis for recreational use, the controversial drug has remained an illicit and controlled substance in Florida. It is also the number one drug leading to arrests throughout Florida, including in Palm Beach County. An experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney can fight to protect your rights and work for a favorable outcome in your Palm Beach County marijuana case. When considering a skilled and knowledgeable marijuana defense lawyer as part of your strategy, it is best to contact him as soon as possible after your arrest.

West Palm Beach Marijuana Defense Attorney

A conviction for a marijuana offense in Palm Beach County can have a lasting impact on your future. If you have been arrested on marijuana charges in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Park, Lantana, North Palm Beach, Pahokee, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Tequesta, or anywhere else in the Palm Beach County area, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Beginning your defense as soon as possible is critical to your case.

Experienced West Palm Beach marijuana charge defense lawyer Andrew Stine is a former public defender and army soldier who knows what it takes to fight the prosecution's evidence against you in your Palm Beach County marijuana case. With over 10 years of experience and a militant, proactive approach to developing defense strategies, Andrew Stine is passionate about fighting to protect the rights and futures of clients like you. To find out more about what Andrew D. Stine, P.A. can do for your West Palm Beach area marijuana case, call 561-832-1170 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.


Florida Marijuana Charge Information Center


Florida Marijuana Charges and Definitions

Though the debate over the legalization of marijuana continues nationwide, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug in Florida under Fla. Stat. § 893.03. This classification of marijuana means that possession and any other act involving the use or sale of marijuana is illegal. If you have been arrested on a marijuana offense in Palm Beach County, you could be charged with one or more of the following:


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Penalties for Florida Marijuana Crimes

How a marijuana offense is classed in Florida depends on whether your case deals directly with cannabis itself or if it deals with property associated with marijuana. When the marijuana charge is related to the possession, sale, manufacture, cultivation, delivery, or trafficking of cannabis, or intent to do so, the amount in question determines the charge and the penalties  in your case. The offense classes and maximum penalties for certain amounts of marijuana are as follows:

First-Degree Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession

Third-Degree Felony Marijuana Possession

Third-Degree Felony Marijuana Cultivation/Distribution/Sale/Delivery

For amounts in excess of 25 pounds or 300 plants (25 plants with grow house involvement), the offense is a drug trafficking charge. Marijuana trafficking in Florida is a first-degree felony. This offense carries up to 30 years in prison, with mandatory minimums and fines defined by statute.

Trafficking in 25 to 2,000 pounds or 300 to 2,000 plants of cannabis has a mandatory minimum of three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. For 2,000 to 10,000 pounds of marijuana or cannabis plants, trafficking comes with a minimum of seven years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine. The mandatory minimum prison term for 10,000 pounds/plants or more of cannabis is 15 years, with a maximum $200,000 fine.

When your charge deals with property associated with marijuana, the offense is classed individually by statute. Possession of marijuana paraphernalia is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Possession of a marijuana cultivation or grow house is a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

All marijuana possession charges in Florida come with a driver's license suspension of two years under Fla. Stat. § 322.055. All Florida felonies come with additional sanctions like the loss of certain civil rights and the inability to pursue certain government aid. Working with an experienced marijuana crime defense lawyer in Palm Beach County could be the difference between facing these penalties and achieving a more favorable outcome in your West Palm Beach area marijuana case like reduced or dismissed charges.


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Resources for Palm Beach County Marijuana Charges

Palm Beach County Drug Court – The Palm Beach County Drug Court is a program for persons with pending drug charges other than trafficking and sales who have never been convicted for a crime of violence. If the person successfully completes the drug court , the charges will be dropped. Follow this link for more information on who can qualify for the drug court and what it entails. The Palm Beach County Drug Court is located at:

3228 Gun Club Road
Room B-126
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Phone: (561) 688-4530

United for Care – A non-profit organization of People United for Medical Marijuana, United for Care is a group that fights to legalize Florida medical marijuana. Their current project is the creation of a massive petition for the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida with a constitutional amendment. Visit the site to sign the petition and get more information.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) – Click this link to find in-depth information on marijuana's use as a medical and recreational substance as provided by NORML. NORML is a national organization committed to changing opinions and laws about marijuana use.


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Andrew D. Stine, P.A. | Defense Lawyer for Marijuana Charges in Palm Beach County

If you have been arrested and charged on a marijuana offense anywhere in 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, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. as soon as possible after your arrest. Experienced West Palm Beach drug crime defense lawyer Andrew Stine has a comprehensive and detailed defense approach to fighting against your marijuana charges in Palm Beach County. Your first consultation with Andrew D. Stine, P.A. is free, so call 561-832-1170 today and schedule yours.