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Marijuana Trafficking

While many people think drug trafficking crimes must involve some kind of physical movement or distribution of a controlled substance, the truth is that a person can be charged with a trafficking offense simply for possessing more than a certain amount of an illegal drug. Cannabis is one of the most common kinds of illicit substances that people possess in excess quantities, with some individuals even cultivating their own marijuana.

Trafficking in cannabis charges can be based either on the weight of the marijuana involved in an alleged offense or the number of cannabis plants. Convictions for marijuana trafficking crimes carry very steep penalties, including very lengthy prison sentences and stiff fines.

Attorney for Marijuana Trafficking Arrests in Broward County, FL

If you think that you might be under investigation or you were already arrested for allegedly trafficking in cannabis anywhere in Broward County, it is in your best interest to not make any kind of statement to authorities until you have legal counsel. The Hoffman Firm aggressively defends clients facing marijuana charges in Cooper City, Miramar, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, and many surrounding areas of South Florida.

Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who will make every effort to help you achieve the most favorable resolution to your case that results in the fewest possible consequences. Call (954) 524-4474 to have our lawyer review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.


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Florida Marijuana Trafficking Penalties

Florida Statute § 893.135(a) establishes that a person commits the first-degree felony offense of trafficking in cannabis if he or she knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, in excess of 25 pounds of cannabis, or 300 or more cannabis plants. Cannabis is defined under Florida Statute § 893.02(3) as "all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin."

Trafficking in cannabis offenses are generally punishable as follows in Florida, with the grade of the alleged offense being determined by the amount of cannabis involved:

  • More than 25 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds, or 300 or more cannabis plants but not more than 2,000 cannabis plants — Fine of up to $25,000 and/or minimum of three years up to 30 years in prison;
  • 2,000 pounds or more but less than 10,000 pounds, or 2,000 or more cannabis plants but not more than 10,000 cannabis plants — Fine of up to $50,000 and/or minimum of seven years up to 30 years in prison; and
  • 10,000 pounds or more or 10,000 or more cannabis plants — Fine of up to $200,000 and/or minimum of 15 years up to 30 years in prison.

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Federal Marijuana Trafficking Penalties

In certain cases involving federal agencies, alleged offenders may face federal charges for marijuana trafficking. The federal government imposes different penalties for criminal offenses involving marijuana as opposed to those involving "hashish" or hashish oil.

Whereas marijuana is usually dried herbal cannabis, hashish is an extracted cannabis product composed of compressed or purified preparations of trichomes—the outgrowths on cannabis plants. As it relates to hashish and hashish oil, first offenses involving 10 kilograms or less of hashish or 1 kilogram or less of hashish oil are punishable by up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $250,000 for individuals or $1 million for non-individuals. Second offenses are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or fines of up to $500,000 for individuals or $2 million for non-individuals.

When an alleged offender is convicted of a first offense involving more than 10 kilograms of hashish or more than 1 kilogram of hashish oil, he or she may be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and/or fines of up to $1 million for individuals or $5 million for non-individuals. If the alleged offense involved death or serious bodily injury, a conviction is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 20 years up to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $1 million for individuals or $5 million for non-individuals.

Second offenses involving more than 10 kilograms of hashish or more than 1 kilogram of hashish oil are punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or fines of up to $2 million for individuals or $10 million for non-individuals. If the alleged offense involved death or serious bodily injury, a conviction is punishable by life in prison and/or a fine of up to $2 million for individuals or $10 million for non-individuals.

Marijuana trafficking offenses are punishable as follows:

  • Less than 50 kilograms marijuana or 49 or fewer marijuana plants — Up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $250,000 for individuals or $1 million for non-individuals for a first offense; up to 10 years in prison and/or fines of up to $500,000 for individuals or $2 million for non-individuals for second offenses;
  • 50 to 99 kilograms marijuana mixture, or 50 to 99 marijuana plants — Up to 20 years in prison and/or fines of up to $1 million for individuals or $5 million for non-individuals for a first offense (mandatory minimum of 20 years up to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $1 million for individuals or $5 million for non-individuals if case involved death or serious bodily injury); up to 30 years in prison and/or fines of up to $2 million for individuals or $10 million for non-individuals for second offenses (life in prison and/or a fine of up to $2 million for individuals or $10 million for non-individuals if cases involved death or serious bodily injury);
  • 100 to 999 kilograms marijuana mixture, or 100 to 999 marijuana plants — Mandatory minimum of five years up to 40 years in prison and/or fines of up to $5 million for individuals, $25 million for non-individuals for first offenses (mandatory minimum of 20 years up to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $5 million for individuals, $25 million for non-individuals if cases involved death or serious bodily injury); mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life in prison and/or fines of up to $8 million for individuals or $50 million for non-individuals for second offenses (life in prison and/or a fine of up to $8 million for individuals or $50 million for non-individuals if cases involved death or serious bodily injury); and
  • 1,000 kilograms or more marijuana mixture, or 1,000 or more marijuana plants — Mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life in prison and/or fines of up to $10 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals for first offenses (mandatory minimum of 20 years up to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $10 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals if cases involved death or serious bodily injury); mandatory minimum of 20 years up to life in prison and/or fines of up to $20 million for individuals or $75 million for non-individuals for second offenses (life in prison and/or a fine of up to $20 million for individuals or $75 million for non-individuals if cases involved death or serious bodily injury).

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Resources for Marijuana Trafficking Offenses in Florida

South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) | United States Department of Justice (DOJ) — The South Florida HIDTA is funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and sponsors a variety of law enforcement initiatives that target the region’s illicit drug threats. View the full text of this 2011 drug market analysis (the most recent year available) that states, "Cannabis cultivation and the resulting marijuana production, distribution, and abuse continue to plague the region." Prior South Florida HIDTA drug market analyses can be found on the DOJ website.

State v. Glosson, 462 So.2d 1082 (Ha. 1985) — The State of Florida charged six respondents with trafficking in over 100 but less than 2,000 pounds of cannabis and with conspiring to traffic in over 100 pounds of cannabis following a "reverse-sting" operation in which a paid informant traveled to Dade County and agreed to sell several hundred pounds of cannabis to the respondents in Levy County. The respondents filed motions to dismiss the information because of entrapment and prosecutorial misconduct, but the trial court dismissed these motions. The respondents filed further motions to dismiss which alleged that specific unethical conduct by the prosecutor had deprived them of their due process right, and the trial court dismissed the information after finding that prosecutorial misconduct in this case had deprived the respondents of their right to due process. The First District Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal and the Supreme Court of Florida approved the district court decision, holding "that a trial court may properly dismiss criminal charges for constitutional due process violations in cases where an informant stands to gain a contingent fee conditioned on cooperation and testimony in the criminal prosecution when that testimony is critical to a successful prosecution."


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The Hoffman Firm | Fort Lauderdale Marijuana Trafficking Defense Lawyer

Were you arrested or do you believe that you could be under investigation for allegedly trafficking in cannabis in South Florida? Try not to say anything to authorities if you do not have legal representation and make sure to contact The Hoffman Firm as soon as possible.

Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman represents individuals in communities all over the greater Broward County area, including Fort Lauderdale, Margate, Dania Beach, Lauderhill, Hallandale Beach, and many others. You can have our lawyer provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (954) 524-4474 or submit an online contact form to set up a free, confidential consultation.


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