Federal Marijuana Laws
Marijuana is a Schedule I substance at the federal level in the United States. Despite multiple states legalizing the drug for recreational and/or medical purposes, the drug remains illegal at the federal level. At any time, the federal government may choose to enforce federal law upon states which have legalized marijuana.
The Federal View of Marijuana
On the federal level, marijuana is a schedule I substance. This means that in the view of the United States government, it is a highly addictive substance with no accepted medical value. Doctors may not prescribe marijuana and individuals may not possess it for recreational use.
The Supreme Court of the United States has determined that it is within the power of the federal government to prohibit the use of marijuana for all purposes. This is in conflict with the laws in 45 US states and counting who have legalized the drug for recreational or medicinal purposes, or have to some degree decriminalized it.
Cannabis is governed at the federal level by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
Marijuana possession or distribution charges are generally handled at the state level. In states that have decriminalized or legalized the drug, alleged offenders may avoid prison time or serious legal consequences. Physicians or distributors of marijuana should remain cognizant of the federal attitude towards the drug, as they run the risk of incurring federal charges.
Defenses required to avoid or lessen marijuana charges depend on the state in which the offense was committed, and the amount of the drug alleged to have been possessed. In eight states, marijuana is legal to possess for both recreational and medicinal purposes.
Marijuana Defenses in Broward County, FL
Defenses for marijuana offenses in the State of Florida depend on the amount of the drug alleged to have been possessed, and what crime specifically the State has accused you of. In general however, defenses fall under these main categories:
- The accused possessed the marijuana for a legitimate medical purpose
- The accused possessed less than the statutory amount of marijuana
- The accused was entrapped by authorities
- The accused’s fourth amendment rights were violated in the pursuit of the state's evidence
Your attorney will be able to help you craft the best defense for your circumstances if you have been charged with a marijuana offense in the Fort Lauderdale area. It is important that you retain legal counsel immediately.
The Hoffman Firm Lawyer for Marijuana Defense in Fort Lauderdale, FL
If you or a loved one has been charged with a marijuana offense in the Fort Lauderdale area, you must retain legal counsel as soon as possible. The Hoffman Firm defends all cases related to marijuana offenses in Broward County, including Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, and several other surrounding communities.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman has experience handling these types of cases on both sides of the aisle as a former Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney's Office. You can let him evaluate your case during a free initial consultation as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 or fill out an online contact form today.
Evan A. Hoffman
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