Marijuana Possession offenses fall under a variety of Federal and State
Simple Marijuana Possession and
Possession With Intent, for example. Marijuana Possession is criminalized by virtue of its listing
in "schedules" created at both the State and Federal levels.
Both Federal and Florida law include heavy fines and severe criminal penalties,
including potential mandatory/minimum sentences of up to 25 years and
maximum potential sentences of up to LIFE. Mr. Petruzzi has represented
numerous individuals charged with, or under investigation for, Marijuana
Possession offenses by both Federal and State authorities. His experience
and knowledge serves as an invaluable asset to his clients.
To arrange for a free and confidential consultation with respect to any
Federal or State Marijuana Possession offense, contact our office at (305)-770-6550.
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Federal Marijuana Possession offenses are investigated and prosecuted by
various agencies, including the FBI, DEA, and the Department of Justice.
Some common Federal Statutes criminalizing Marijuana Possession include:
21 USC Sec. 844 –
(a) Unlawful acts; penalties
It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess
a controlled substance unless such substance was obtained directly, or
pursuant to a valid prescription or order, from a practitioner, while
acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise
authorized by this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter. It shall
be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess any list
I chemical obtained pursuant to or under authority of a registration issued
to that person under section 823 of this title or section 958 of this
title if that registration has been revoked or suspended, if that registration
has expired, or if the registrant has ceased to do business in the manner
contemplated by his registration.
Florida Marijuana Possession offenses are investigated and prosecuted by
various State and Local law enforcement agencies. Some common Florida
Statutes criminalizing Marijuana Possession include:
893.13 Prohibited acts; penalties.—
(6) (a) It is unlawful for any person to be in actual or constructive possession
of a controlled substance unless such controlled substance was lawfully
obtained from a practitioner or pursuant to a valid prescription or order
of a practitioner while acting in the course of his or her professional
practice or to be in actual or constructive possession of a controlled
substance except as otherwise authorized by this chapter. Any person who
violates this provision commits a felony of the third degree, punishable
as provided in s.
775.083, or s.
(b) If the offense is the possession of not more than 20 grams of cannabis,
as defined in this chapter, or 3 grams or less of a controlled substance
described in s.
893.03(1)(c)46.-50., the person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable
as provided in s.
775.082 or s.
775.083. For the purposes of this subsection, "cannabis" does not include
the resin extracted from the plants of the genus
Cannabis, or any compound manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation
of such resin, and a controlled substance described in s.
893.03(1)(c)46.-50. does not include the substance in a powdered form.
(c) Except as provided in this chapter, it is unlawful to possess in excess
of 10 grams of any substance named or described in s.
893.03(1)(a) or (1)(b), or any combination thereof, or any mixture containing
any such substance. Any person who violates this paragraph commits a felony
of the first degree, punishable as provided in s.
775.083, or s.
(d) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary of the laws of this state
relating to arrest, a law enforcement officer may arrest without warrant
any person who the officer has probable cause to believe is violating
the provisions of this chapter relating to possession of cannabis.