Despite the fact that the state voted to legalize medical marijuana last year, one resident was recently arrested after police found him with the drug. According to officers, the man was too brazen about the weed before he was charged with drug trafficking in Florida. The whole ordeal began with just a few illegally parked cars.
Supposedly, when police stopped to check out those cars, they stumbled across a weed festival where people were supporting the use of medical marijuana. The man who was charged claims that he was only coordinating an event that was planned in order to educate the public on Amendment 2, which legalized the drug for certain uses in the state. Officers say, however, that they found over 50 pounds of marijuana in jars as well as chewables, cookies, and candy.
The man was charged for failing to obtain a permit for the event, attempted marijuana trafficking, and possession of paraphernalia with the intent to use it. Patrons of the event were seen buying and selling the drug, but they ran when the police showed up. All of the evidence was reported to have been photographed and placed in police storage.
Even in states such as Florida, where medical marijuana has been made legal, a person can still be arrested for drug trafficking when he or she is found with the drug. Anyone who is facing drug charges has the right to consult with a criminal lawyer who can share knowledge with the client about what the expect in court. Often, charges can be lowered or even dropped, according to prior convictions, and conditions of the arrest.
Source: Miami Herald, "Party promoting legalization of marijuana busted by Miami police", Charles Rabin, May 22, 2017