Possession of Marijuana
Thomas Shawn Lupella P.A.
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DO NOT assume that just because Marijuana is partially legalized in some U.S. States that it is not a serious crime here in the State of Florida. That would be a big mistake. Florida has some of the most severe marijuana penalties in the country; and the Florida Legislature has continuously resisted opening up or lessening restrictions for Marijuana Possession in Florida.
Marijuana Possession is heavily targeted in Florida by City, County and other municipal law enforcement agencies. One reason for the increase in marijuana arrests locally is because police officers are being trained to legally justify any vehicle search (through probable cause) solely based only on the residual smell or odor of marijuana in pursuit of a drug possession charge. It is by far their number one reason (or excuse) to search a vehicle.
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