It has been shown that Tampa, Florida, is the state’s top marijuana user. Given that Florida still prohibits the use of cannabis recreationally, many people are surprised by this finding.
Cannabis Laws in Florida
It is illegal to use cannabis recreationally in Florida. A misdemeanor conviction for possessing up to 20 grams carries fines of up to $1000, a year in jail, and the suspension of the offender’s driver’s license. Nonetheless, a number of Florida counties and localities have enacted measures that have decreased the severity of the sanctions.
Tampa s Approach to Marijuana Offenses
The City of Tampa has set up a system that permits police enforcement to issue civil infractions for marijuana violations, even in defiance of state restrictions. The municipal council adopted this civil procedure for people who illegally possess up to 20 grams of marijuana by a vote of 5 to 1.
Medical Use of Cannabis in Florida
In 2016, a constitutional amendment made medical cannabis usage legal. The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, or Senate Bill 1030, was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on June 16, 2014, allowing the use of low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil that is derived from the Charlotte’s Web strain.
Although marijuana consumption is highest in Tampa than anywhere else in the state, it’s important to remember that the city has taken steps to legalize the drug and lessen punishment for violators. While the debate over marijuana legalization continues, it will be interesting to see how things develop in Tampa and throughout Florida.
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