Possession of Cannabis or possession of marijuana under 20 Grams is a misdemeanor charge with the potential penalties of 1 year in the county jail, 1 year probation and a fine of 1,000 dollars. There is also a one year suspension of your driver's license if convicted.
DUI doesn't always mean that a driver was under the influence of alcohol. Take for example two Pittsburgh Steelers who were pulled over yesterday. Running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with possession of marijuana following a routine traffic stop. Bell was the driver of the car and was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, although both men were in possession of marijuana. The traffic officer who pulled the car over noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. The DUI charge is a misdemeanor. Both Bell and Blount will receive summonses in the mail that will include the date on which they must appear in court.
When FL Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last month that legalizes the use of a non-euphoric strain of marijuana to treat serious medical conditions(epilepsy, Lou Gehrig's disease, cancer, etc.), he opened up a new era in the drug war.
It needs to be said again: When it comes to marijuana, Florida is not Colorado.
It's hard to beat back progress. The "drug war" is becoming increasingly unpopular, especially when it comes to marijuana. It seems like many states are ready to become the "new" Colorado, and Florida is one of them.