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Miami New Times: Strong Evidence of Racial Disparities in Miami Marijuana Enforcement

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

On September 7th, 2018, the Miami New Times published a report on the arrest and citation data that was released by the Miami-Dade Police Department. Notably, the Miami New Times assesses that this data confirms the conclusions of its early investigative reports, which found that: Miami-Dade Police are arresting people on marijuana possession charges… Read More »

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Medical Marijuana User? Make Sure What’s in your Possession is Legal

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Florida is one of the 29 states that have a medical marijuana program in place. Under this program, qualifying patients can possess a small amount of cannabis to relieve the symptoms of certain conditions, including Crohn’s Disease, HIV/AIDs, cancer, and glaucoma. Without a valid prescription, it is illegal to possess any amount of marijuana… Read More »

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Marijuana Possession for Personal Use vs. Marijuana Possession with the Intent to Distribute

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Although states across the nation are decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana for recreational use, it is still a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance under the Controlled Substances Act and illegal outside of regulated medical use in Florida. Florida’s laws differentiate between the possession of a small amount of marijuana for one’s personal use and the… Read More »

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Defenses to a Marijuana Possession Charge

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Despite the trend of legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational purposes that is currently sweeping across the nation, marijuana is still federally classified as a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance. This means that it is illegal to grow, transport, possess, sell, distribute, or consume cannabis unless you are specifically licensed to do so. In… Read More »

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The Battle Over Medical Marijuana

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The battle over medical marijuana legalization hit a major milestone in Florida when a criminal jury acquitted a man who who was growing dozens of marijuana plants on his property. NBC News is reporting about the 50-year-old South Florida citizen who was charged with manufacturing marijuana. In 2013, Broward County deputies arrested him for… Read More »

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Florida Marijuana Laws

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Marijuana is a hot topic in recent Florida news, with an approaching contentious vote that could significantly change the legalities of the controversial drug. The Tampa Tribune is reporting that the legalization debate is heating up, with a televised debate planned between several interested parties. Amendment Two is a statewide bill that would legalize… Read More »

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