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What are amounts and penalties for cannabis drug trafficking?

The laws regarding marijuana use and possession are in flux throughout the U.S., but there are still laws against drug trafficking with it. Legally referred to as cannabis, Florida has certain laws and penalties linked to those laws for its sale, purchase, manufacture, delivery, or bringing it into the state. For those who are charged with these violations, it is essential to understand the law, the potentially serious consequences, and how to form a defense after the arrest. The amount is one of the key factors in such a case.

If the amount exceeds 25 pounds of cannabis or 300 or more cannabis plants, it will be a first-degree felony. This will be referred to as trafficking in cannabis. For those who are charged with bringing an excess of 25 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds into the state, or more than 300 plants but not more than 2,000 plants, a conviction will result in a minimum of three years in jail and a fine of $25,000.

If it is 2,000 pounds or more but less than 10,000 pounds, or 2,000 or more plants but no more than 10,000 plants, there will be a minimum of seven years in jail and a fine of $50,000. If the person brings in 10,000 pounds or more or 10,000 or more plants, there will be a sentence of 15 years and a fine of $200,000.

Since cannabis is increasingly being treated in a somewhat more flexible manner by the law in certain states and some are legalizing it, Florida is not one of them.The reality is that drug trafficking with it can still lead to harsh penalties in the state. Those who are charged with drug offenses linked to cannabis must be aware of the penalties. It is important to craft a strong defense with help from an attorney experienced in all forms of drug crimes.

Source: leg.state.fl.us, "893.135 Trafficking; mandatory sentences; suspension or reduction of sentences; conspiracy to engage in trafficking. -- (1) (a)," accessed on May 15, 2017

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