The issue of legalization of marijuana first came into the national spotlight about two years ago. That was when the state of Colorado became the first state that legalized marijuana, for medicinal purposes. A year later, the state extended that legalization to recreational use. Proponents argued the revenue raised by sales would boost the state’s economy and decrease crime for simple possession. While there is still much debate over whether Colorado’s budget has felt a positive impact from the law, the push for legalized marijuana in other states is on the rise. Here at home, it seems over half the voting public is for legalization.

A recent poll shows a majority of residents favor legalizing marijuana in the Sunshine State for recreational purposes:

● The numbers were already high for support of legalizing the substance for medicinal purposes, at 84%.

● The numbers now show that 55% of the population would vote to pass a measure that makes the drug legal for recreational purposes as well.

These statistics might be surprising to some, given the issue was put to a vote just last November; and failed to pass. The general feeling is that the current laws applicable to the drug are ineffective. Despite being against the law, marijuana use does occur. The offenders are typically not hardened criminals, requiring significant rehabilitation though the state’s penal system. The result is an overcrowding of our prisons and what some consider a waste of state funding in prosecuting the cases. It is also interesting to note that while 55% say they favor making recreational use legal, the percentage of those that say they would actually use the substance is much lower. Just how this important legal issue will play out over the next several months remains to be seen. And, until it’s legal, if you are charged with a marijuana related crime your best option is to seek skilled legal counsel. We have experience with possession charges and can help you reach results that are satisfactory.

For more information about possession and marijuana related cases, call an experienced defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We work with you to tailor a defense that fits the specific facts of your case. We offer an initial consultation for no charge, and look forward to helping you resolve your case in a satisfactory way.