Marijuana: What is it and is it legal in the State of Florida?

Is Marijuana Legal in the State of Florida?

Many people were hopeful that Marijuana would be approved for medicinal use in the past election, but the majority thought otherwise, voting against it’s use. Currently, marijuana is still illegal in the state of Florida and is heavily prosecuted throughout the state.  However, with more states legalizing it’s use for medical treatment and even recreational use, it may be just a matter of time before Florida joins the party.  If you are interested in tracking the status of marijuana legalization in Florida, please subscribe to our blog for updates.

What is Marijuana?

In the United States, Marijuana or cannabis has been found to be the mostly commonly abused drug. It is derived from the help plant known as Cannabis Sativa and consists of stems, flowers, seeds, and leaves that are a dry mix of green and brown.

How is Marijuana Used?

To extract the primary chemical, THC, users will smoke the marijuana by rolling it into a cigarette or using a tobacco pipe. A blunt is also another common way to smoke cannabis. Tobacco from a cigar is emptied out and then refilled with marijuana before rolling it back up. This is a very popular method because the blunt retains the nicotine and other chemicals from the tobacco. In addition to smoking, marijuana edibles can be made by mixing the cannabis with tasty food such as brownies. Hash oil which is a more concentrated form of the drug is mixed in before baking the food.

Does Marijuana Affect Brain Function?

When a person smokes pot, the THC is quickly absorbed in the bloodstream and carried to the brain and rest of the body. The high that is experienced from marijuana is caused by the cannabinoid receptors. Reactions are created when THC is carried to these receptors which in turn creates the “high” feeling.  Cannabinoid receptors are not found throughout every area of the brain, but the areas that influence pleasure, thoughts, concentration and coordination do have the most.

As a result of cannabis intoxication, users can end up with impaired coordination and difficulty thinking. Research has proven that after the drug wears off, marijuana can still negatively impact memory and learning for many weeks. It has also been found that long term abuse of marijuana can have similar effects on the brain as long term abuse of other major drugs.

Abusing marijuana can lead to addiction or drug seeking behavior. Those trying to quit after long term abuse may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, depression, anxiety and insomnia.

A number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and schizophrenia. Some of these studies have shown age at first use to be a factor, where early use is a marker of vulnerability to later problems. However, at this time, it not clear whether marijuana use causes mental problems, exacerbates them, or is used in attempt to self-medicate symptoms already in existence.

What Other Effects Does Marijuana have on the body?

A recent study on marijuana’s health effects discovered that those who smoke pot are four times more likely to have a heart attack. Marijuana smoke has also been shown to contain several carcinogens and can be damaging to the lungs. In fact, marijuana smoke contains twice as much carcinogenic hydrocarbons than cigarette smoke. Many people are not aware of this and ignore the idea that pot smokers can have many of the same respiratory problems as tobacco smokers, such as daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent acute chest illness, a heightened risk of lung infections, and a greater tendency toward obstructed airways.

Do Treatment Options exist if you get arrested for possession of marijuana?

Cognitive therapy and motivational goals have been shown to be effective in treating addictions to marijuana. Currently, there are no medications available, but recent scientific studies have expanded on the chemical function of cannabis and offers hope that medicine will be developed to make the withdrawal process easier.

What should you do if you get arrested?

If you are arrested in Orlando, or anywhere in Florida, call a drug crime  defense attorney who is experienced in marijuana, cannabis or hash cases. Hiring an experienced Orlando attorney may be critical to the outcome of the case as you or your loved one may face driver’s license suspension, probation or in some cases jail or prison time.

Hiring a lawyer is a good idea if you are arrested or charged with possession of marijuana as it can be a felony if you are caught possessing more than 20 grams of the plant. If you have been charged or arrested for possession of marijuana or cannabis in Orlando, Windermere, Baldwin Park, Avalon Park, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Celebration, Kissimmee, or in Orange, Lake, Seminole or Osceola county, call us at 407-228-3838 or contact us via email today. Let our former prosecutors help you today!

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