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What are the penalties for drug trafficking in cannabis?

The words "drug trafficking" have severely negative implications. These allegations go beyond simple possession or even the sale of low level drugs like cannabis. While the debate is ongoing as to whether cannabis should be legalized, Florida has yet to make it legal and people continue to be accused of violating the law in relation to it. Despite arguments for legalization and the number of states across the nation that have legalized it or are taking steps to do so, it can still warrant major penalties in Florida. A defense is critical when charged.

When there are allegations that a person has been drug trafficking with cannabis or cannabis plants, it is imperative to understand the law, the amounts that warrant various penalties and how to mount a successful defense. With cannabis or cannabis plants, 25 pounds of more or 300 or more of these plants being manufactured, delivered, sold or brought into the state will lead to a first-degree felony charge. This will be referred to as trafficking in cannabis.

The range of amounts is key to a case. If the amount is beyond 25 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds or there are 300 or more cannabis plants but fewer than 2,000, the jail sentence will be at least three years and a fine of $25,000. If it is 2,000 pounds but less than 10,000 pounds or there were 2,000 or more plants and less than 10,000, there will be a sentence of seven years in jail and a fine of $50,000. If it is 10,000 or more pounds or 10,000 or more plants, it will be a minimum of 15 years in jail and a fine of $200,000.

People might make the mistake of getting caught up in the sale or trafficking of cannabis not realizing the seriousness with which the law treats these violations. Simply because there is a debate about legalizing the substance does not mean the penalties are minor. For those arrested on drug trafficking with cannabis, cannabis plants or any other drug, a law firm that has helped many people with a defense against allegations of drug crimes should be the first call after an arrest.

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