Some laws currently exist that have punishments in the extreme for the possession, distribution and consumption of this drug. Anyone caught with even small amounts may find harsh penalties like jail. Fines and programs for rehabilitation are often issued in conjunction with any periods behind bars.
Even as America is changing with societal expectations and opinions of how things should be, some political leaders push their own agenda that often is in direct opposition to the people residing in their states. Some punishments for the possession of this substance become harsher as these individuals in power attempt to protect those not using this drug. Many law enforcement agencies use those addicted to drugs as informants or to take down criminals of more importance. This often permits those with the drug of marijuana to go free after providing assistance or information. Various states have differing laws, but some have the same direction of harsh punishments for this substance as they do for harder drugs.
Law in Florida
As one of the toughest states on marijuana possession, it hosts the harshest penalties for this drug in the entire United States. For possessing one single ounce of this drug may result in up to five years in prison and a fine of $6,000. In contrast to these punishments, California has downgraded the possession of this substance to an infraction of lowered importance with no warrant, arrest or even any recording on the person’s criminal record.
Some laws have changed since 2008 when Governor Charlie Crist altered the charge for marijuana farming, packaging and distribution to a third-degree felony when owning a house with the knowledge it would be used in such a way. A part of one of these laws changed the amount needed to charge a person with a second-degree felony. Before the alteration, it required a person to grow 300 plants to incur this second-degree felony charge. After the stipulation was instituted, it only takes 25 of the same plants to be grown to issue the same charges in this state. Another change in 2010 in Florida caused it to be illegal for any selling of drug paraphernalia to include materials and containers that hold the substance of marijuana. This regulation also explains that no items used for this drug may be sold even when labeled for tobacco use. An exchange of taxes for revenue on smoking equipment and materials was initiated to make up for the cuts in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program for citizens.