Former State Prosecutor
The Morris Law Firm can help protect your future after charges for an alleged drug crime. Attorney Melinda Morris received special training on prosecuting drug offenses cases from the State of Florida, including possession of marijuana charges. She uses this knowledge to represent adults and youth facing marijuana charges in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, Bradenton, Palm Harbor, and nearby areas.
For a drug lawyer, this inside knowledge is of critical importance and can benefit the defense of your case. Drug offenses consequences can be far reaching, including but not limited to: negatively affecting your employment, military, or academic status; prohibiting you from attending your child’s school or recreational activities; ineligibility to have your record sealed; and if convicted a mandatory two (2) year Driver’s License suspension.
Defending Marijuana Cases
Possession of marijuana, pot, weed, or cannabis have certain defenses that may be declared to motion to defeat unlawfully obtained evidence or motions to dismiss charges where the evidence is insufficient. Call us at (727) 388-4736 or provide your case details in our online form and we will contact you to discuss your possible defenses.
Possible defenses that can lead to a “motion to suppress evidence” or “motion to dismiss charges”:
Some of the Consequences for a Marijuana Conviction include:
Less than 20 grams
More than 20 grams
25 or more plants
Proprietor of Cannabis Grow House
Subsection (1) makes it a 3rd degree felony; punishable by 5 years in Florida State Prison to own, lease or rent any marijuana grow house or other place with knowledge that the place will be used for one of the following purposes:
Dweller of Marijuana Growing House
Subsection (2) makes it a 2nd degree felony; punishable by 15 years in Florida State Prison, to knowingly be in actual or constructive possession of any grow house or other place with the knowledge that the place will be used for any of the following purposes:
Resident of Marijuana Grow House when Minor Child is Present
Subsection (3) makes it a first degree felony; punishable by 30 years in Florida State Prison for any person who is in actual or constructive possession of a grow house or other place with the knowledge of the following:
Marijuana volumes are counted by weight or by the quantity of cannabis plants. Marijuana Trafficking laws punish the acts peddling, transporting, and illegal importing in or into the US of marijuana. State and federal marijuana trafficking/distribution laws and penalties vary according to volume, area of distribution, and juvenile targeting. These laws can incriminate an individual or a wide-ranging group involved in organized illegal distribution.
25 to 2,000 pounds or 300 or more cannabis plants
2,000 pounds but less than 10,000 pounds or is 2,000 or more cannabis plants
10,000 pounds or more or is 10,000 or more cannabis plants
Cannabis, commonly referred to as marijuana, marihuana, and ganja refers to any given amount measuring from of the Cannabis plant with the intention for a procedural use of the psychoactive drug. Cannabis use as a drug is the dried herbal form is the most common method of use. Cannabis, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Sativa in a typical herbal form contains the flowers and subtending leaves and stalks of mature pistillate of feminine plants. The resinous, sticky formulation of the drug is known as hash or hashish.
The psychoactive substance composite in cannabis is ?9-tetrahydrocannabinol also known as THC. There are more than 66 additional cannabinoids also existent in cannabis. Other cannabinoids includes tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabidiol (CBD) among many others, which are assumed to produce different effects than THC. The modern day drug has been used for recreational, religious or spiritual, and medicinal purposes. Possession, use, or trade of cannabis measures containing psychoactive cannabinoids came to be illegal in various areas of the world in the 20th century.
Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans.
Marijuana Medical Use
Marijuana, or cannabis, has been part of humankind's medicine for almost as long as history has been recorded. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, particularly pain relief from nerve damage. The drug is also a known treatment of nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant, specifically for patients suffering from HIV, the AIDS wasting syndrome, or dementia. Developing research advocates that marijuana's medicinal assets are neuroprotective and may defend the body against some types of malignant tumors.
Currently, more than 60 U.S. and international health organizations support granting patients’ immediate legal access to medicinal marijuana under a physician's supervision.
NIDA is involved with strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines and ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.
NORML supports the development of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers could purchase it from a safe, legal and regulated source.
ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation's drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.
Contact Us Today
If you are facing a charge for marijuana, you need an attorney who has the experience and insight necessary to fight for your future. Melinda Morris will never settle for the easiest outcome and will work for the most favorable outcomes. The Morris Law Firm represents misdemeanor, felony, and federal marijuana charges in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Manatee County, Sarasota County, and nearby areas. Call today to begin safeguarding your future or that of your loved ones.
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