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Marijuana use has become more prevalent throughout the United States. As the business grows, cannabis users have started to get creative. One of these new innovations is called cannabis wax made from THC concentrates. Wax is a form of concentrated hash oil made with butane.
Cannabis wax has a high potency of THC. This is because the butane separates the cannabinoid THC from the actual plant. What is left behind is a sticky wax-like substance that creates a light hallucinogenic feeling when consumed. A common way to ingest cannabis wax is to heat it until the THC concentrates dissolve, otherwise known as “dabbing.”
Possessing, selling or manufacturing THC concentrates is illegal in the state of Florida. THC concentrates are not considered a part of the marijuana plant according to Florida law. Consequently, this means that THC concentrates such as cannabis wax carry much heavier penalties than the traditional marijuana plant.
THC concentrates such as cannabis wax can create an intense “high” feeling in the user. However, using or possessing marijuana wax is illegal in Florida. You could face felony charges for possessing a trace amount of cannabis wax. If you or someone you know has been charged with possessing THC concentrates, it’s important you contact an attorney.
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Overview of Cannabis Wax in Florida
Cannabis wax is a type of hash oil concentrate created through butane hash oil extraction. It looks similar to ear wax in both texture and color. Marijuana wax is a concentrate, which means that it has a high potency of THC. Most wax contains 60 percent or more of THC than traditional marijuana.
The cannabinoid THC is responsible for the hallucinogenic feeling marijuana users get. The more THC there is in cannabis, the stronger the high is. Marijuana wax is commonly smoked through e-cigarettes or water pipes called oil rigs. It can also be added topically to food.
Wax can be made in two ways; with butane hash oil or isopropyl alcohol. If you are using butane hash oil, the dried cannabis is put into an open-ended tube. One end is covered with a filter and the other is closed. Butane hash oil is forced through the filter to separate THC molecules from the plant. After the butane is filtered through, you’re left with cannabis wax.
Another method is to use isopropyl alcohol. The dried marijuana must be submersed in alcohol for a set period of time. After that, the alcohol is then heated to an extremely high temperature. The alcohol will evaporate and leave behind the sticky substance known as cannabis wax. It’s much rarer to manufacture wax with isopropyl alcohol than butane hash oil.
Florida handles possession of THC concentrates differently than possession of traditional marijuana buds. In Florida, cannabis concentrates are not considered a part of the marijuana plant. This means that you won’t face the same penalties as possessing the dried cannabis plant.
Possessing any amounts of THC concentrates is a third-degree felony, which is punishable by:
It’s also illegal to sell, deliver or manufacture cannabis wax. If you possess more than three grams of the concentrates with intent to sell, you’ll likely face a third-degree felony. Your charges can also be elevated based on where the offense happened.
If you were arrested for using or selling cannabis wax in one of these places, your charges will be enhanced to a second-degree felony.
The penalties for a second-degree felony include:
You’re not required to have cannabis wax on your body to be arrested for possession. Florida law states a person can be arrested for constructive or actual possession. Actual possession is when a person has THC concentrates on them. For example, if you have marijuana concentrates in your pocket you are in actual possession.
Constructive possession is a little more complicated. The prosecution must prove the following to show a person was in constructive possession of marijuana wax.
This means you’re not required to physically hold cannabis wax to be considered in constructive possession. Instead you must have complete authority over the place in which the drug was found. For example, if cannabis wax is found in a locked box andyou had the key, then you would be in constructive possession.
Wax isn’t the only form of concentrated marijuana. Marijuana users have developed a wide variety of THC concentrates. Each of these substances has an incredibly high potency of THC. In addition, all cannabis concentrates were made by extracting THC from the plant.
Listed below are some different types of THC concentrates.
Office of Medical Marijuana Use – Visit the official website for the Department of Health to learn more about their Office of Medical Marijuana Use. You may qualify for a medical marijuana card and legally obtain cannabis wax.
What You Should Know About Marijuana Concentrates – Visit the official website for Get Smart About Drugs, a resource created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Access the site to learn more about THC concentrates, what they look like and their long-term effects.
If you or someone you know has been charged with possessing cannabis wax, it’s crucial you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. You could be facing felony charges which may result in prison time. Don’t wait another moment and call an attorney at Morris Law Firm, P.A. now.
The attorneys at Morris Law Firm, P.A. are skilled at defending those accused of drug crimes. We have the right skills, resources and attitude to reduce or dismiss your charges. Contact us today at (727) 388-4736 to schedule a free consultation.
Morris Law Firm, P.A. accepts clients throughout the greater Pinellas County area including St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Dunedin, and Largo.
This article was last updated on December 31, 2018.
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