In modern pop culture, Molly has the designation of a party drug. It has come up numerous times in television shows such as Workaholics, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Californication. While the portrayal often makes it seem harmless and the user will simply enter a euphoric state for a short amount of time, it can be dangerous. That is why there are severe punishments in Florida for anyone caught in possession of Molly.
The reason why Molly generates hallucinations is due to the fact it causes a chemical reaction in the brain. Dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine interact in a specific manner to make users believe objects are there that are not actually present. Although people are prone to taking it at music festivals, it can carry significant consequences that can last with people for the rest of their lives.
In the state of Florida, Molly, otherwise known as MDMA, is a Schedule I controlled substance. That means possessing less than 10 grams of the drug will result in third-degree felony charges. As a result, a conviction could lead up to five years in prison, up to a $5,000 fine and up to five years of probation. For the purposes of possession, 10 grams refer to the total weight of the pills, not solely the weight of the ecstasy itself. Therefore, a person could have less than 10 grams of pure ecstasy, but the added weight of the pills put the total weight over 10 grams, resulting in more significant charges and punishments.
Elements of possession
In order to convict a person of possession of MDMA, the police need to prove the person had definitive knowledge of the substance’s presence as well as total control over the Molly. Therefore, a person may be able to create a defense if the police pulled the individual over while driving a friend’s car. The police could find the MDMA in the glove box, and it is possible to make the case the individual in question did not know the substance was there before driving the vehicle.