Legalizing use of marijuana for medical purposes is a hot button political issue, and has been approved in a few states. Recently the issue was on the ballot in Florida, and the voters’ voices have been heard. The initiative fell short by a very small margin, only 3%! This result means the issue is still hotly contested, and may have implications on other criminal cases.
The report on the issue details the election results and possible reasons for the outcome as well as how you might be affected by the failure to legalize marijuana:
- Proponents of the initiative believe legalization is a matter of compassion for those that have serious medical needs.
● Opponents claim legalization would simply open the floodgates of drug related activity, leading to abuse and misuse.
What this means is the fight is not over. Proponents vow to keep pushing for passage of this amendment, and it likely only a matter of time given the close voting results. What this also means is that the chances of multiple charges being made against criminal defendants is high. This is particularly true in the area of DUI cases, where it is a violation of probation to be charged with another crime while on probation. For those that resort to marijuana for medical purposes, if you get caught while on probation for a DUI or other crime, you now face the additional drug related charge. This can get tricky, and the laws in this area are complex. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you sort out the case against you, and present evidence in your favor.
If you have been arrested for a drug crime, use of or possession of marijuana in particular, call our office to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. We help people charged with all sorts of crimes in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Call today to schedule an appointment.