Although 2016 saw the medical acceptance of marijuana in Florida, the substance has long been perceived as an alternative medicinal remedy. Many people, however, use marijuana recreationally.
According to a poll conducted by Yahoo, 52% percent of Americans over 18 have tried marijuana at some point in their lives. Moreover, 44% of those who tried it, still use it today. Therefore, more than half of the country has tried marijuana.
With that said, those numbers would drastically decrease if someone asked, “have you ever ‘dabbed;’ do you vape, or have you had “weed brownies?” These questions represent an entirely new way to consume marijuana –by way of THC concentrates.
Tetrhydrocannabinol, also known as THC, is the active ingredient in marijuana. THC is the component that give the user a “high” like feeling. THC concentrates have potency levels of up to 80% higher than the normal 20% potency of the regular marijuana plant.
Marijuana concentrate has become very popular, especially at festivals and across college campuses. The dangerousness of this is that THC concentrates do not have the same “decriminalized” status as the green leafy substance. Florida law penalizes THC concentrate possession very harshly.
Marijuana concentrates represent an entirely knew way of consuming marijuana. However, if you or someone you know has been caught in possession of THC concentrates that could be life altering.
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In the same way that marijuana has many street names that are ever evolving, so do marijuana concentrates. It is important to note that using a street name will seldom keep you from being caught by the West Palm Beach Police Department. Many law enforcement agencies are well aware of the various street terms for drugs.
THC concentrate street names include:
There are many other names for marijuana concentrate beyond what is mentioned in this list.
Many states have now recognizes marijuana for its medicinal properties and have, thus, legalized it for medical use only. The legalization, in most states, included legalizes marijuana concentrates.
Florida lawmakers are implementing new regulations for medical marijuana regulation in Florida due to Amendment 2 being passed by Florida voters in 2016.
THC concentrates have a different classification when used for medical purposes. Cannabidiol, for medical purposes, is renamed CBD or CBD Hemp Oil for its altered potency levels. CBD Hemp oil is made from high-CBD, low THC hemp to reduce the potency level.
Florida law regulates the patients who may use it, even though it has a lower level of potency. In Florida, the only patients who may currently use CBD oil include patients with the following conditions:
In Florida, marijuana concentrate possession is penalized very differently than simply marijuana possession for the plant-based substance. For example, possessing a small amount of marijuana in a baggie, “blunt,” or cigarette-like roll up is simply charged as misdemeanor possession. A small amount, under Florida law, is twenty (20) grams or less of the plant substance.
All other forms of marijuana and marijuana possession constitute possession of a Schedule I substance. A Schedule I substance in Florida means that the drug has not been approved for medical use and has a high risk of abuse.
Specifically, in West Palm Beach and throughout Florida, possession of any amount of THC concentrate constitutes possession felony marijuana possession.
The penalty for marijuana concentrate possession is a third-degree felony. In Florida, a third-degree felony is punishable by up to five (5) years in prison and up to $5,000 fines.
Marijuana Policy Project – visit the Marijuana Policy Project website dedicated to the safe implementation of marijuana into medical use. The website provides the latest legislative update on the implementation of Amendment 2, which is set to expand the Florida medical marijuana law. Also find more information on the current Legislative bills proposed for implementing medical marijuana legislation; SB 614, SB 406, SB 1388, SB 1472, and HB 1397.
Low-THC Medical Cannabis –Visit Florida Health, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) for more information on the definition of low-THC cannabis in Florida. Also find information on how low-THC cannbis is distinct from medical cannabis, the percentage of cannabidiol and the definition of medical cannabis.
§ 893.13 Fla. Stat. –Visit Online Sunshine, the official website of the Florida Legislature for more information on criminal charges for marijuana possession including the green leafy substance and the THC concentrate possession.
If you or someone you know has been charged with marijuana concentrate possession or if you would like to know more about the difference between being charged with marijuana possession and hash oil possession, contact the experienced marijuana defense attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A..
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This article was last updated on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.