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Category Archives: Drug Offenses

The First Step Act Fails to Provide the Relief It Promised to Drug Offenders Serving Unfair, Lengthy Sentences

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Many had high hopes for the First Step Act, which promised to slash sentences for a number of nonviolent drug offenders. Perhaps most importantly, it would also retroactively apply the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act to those who had been unfairly punished in terms of sentencing for crack cocaine offenses prior to 2010. And, for… Read More »

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Fall 2019 Marijuana-Related Criminal Legislation Introduced in Florida

By William Wallshein P.A. |

We previously discussed legislation introduced in Florida to decriminalize the possession of certain amounts of marijuana without the need to first obtain a license for medical marijuana. Florida has, indeed, experienced a number of changes recently that affect the prosecution of marijuana crimes; the most notable being hemp being removed from the list of… Read More »

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Florida May Be On the Verge of Changing How It Treats Drug Offenses & Sentencing

By William Wallshein P.A. |

In November, the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee approved legislation that would alter how drug offenses are treated in Florida. Specifically, it would provide judges with more deference in straying from mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for individuals charged with drug dealing if they did not use a firearm in the commission of an offense,… Read More »

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Legislation Filed in Florida to Decriminalize Possession of Marijuana: This & Other Marijuana-Related Arrest & Prosecution Changes in Florida

By William Wallshein P.A. |

 In August, legislation was introduced in Florida to decriminalize possession of certain amounts of marijuana without the need for a medical marijuana license. The legislation reduces criminal penalties for having 20 grams or less of the substance and/or products containing 600 grams or less of THC. The bill would also make juveniles eligible for… Read More »

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Florida’s New Law Legalizing Hemp Has Completely Changed Arrests, Seizures, And Prosecutions of Marijuana-Related Crimes

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Florida’s new hemp law went into effect in July, legalizing hemp that contains up to .3 percent THC. However, according to reports, the legalization of hemp has thrown a wrench into law-enforcement and its arrests and seizures involving marijuana. This is because there is no way for police to tell the difference between hemp… Read More »

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Using & Possessing Marijuana May No Longer Be a Drug Offense in Florida

By William Wallshein P.A. |

In late February, Florida state lawmakers filed bills to legalize and tax the recreational use of marijuana in Florida, thereby moving towards decriminalizing the drug. The substance would be legal to use by anyone over the age of 21, and the legislation also outlines any fees associated with marijuana-related businesses if it is legalized…. Read More »

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