Contrary to many beliefs, full legalization of medical marijuana does not exist in Fort Lauderdale or Broward County for that matter.  For the purpose of this article, readers need to understand there are two main categories of medical marijuana: (1) euphoric marijuana and (2) the non-euphoric, high CBD concentration marijuana.

Medical Marijuana

When people talk about medical marijuana, for the most part they are thinking about euphoric marijuana.  This is the marijuana people think about when they discuss “getting stoned” or the wildly profitable industries in Colorado and many other states in the country.  Most people don’t know the marijuana they smoked when they were younger has many medicinal effects and provides many patients with varying levels of relief based on the person and medical condition.  Most states that have medical marijuana laws allow for euphoric marijuana as it is the most popular and for many medical conditions, it is also the most effective.  What makes this type of marijuana different from the non-euphoric, high CBD concentration marijuana is euphoric marijuana has the chemical THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) present.  THC, along with other chemicals, is what gives the user the “high” feeling.  THC in its own right has many medical benefits which is why this category of marijuana is so popular.

Non-Euphoric High CBD Marijuana

Non euphoric, high CBD marijuana, or “CBD marijuana” as we will call it in this article was legalized in Florida in 2014.  CBD marijuana contains little to no THC in the plant and has high levels of CBD or Cannabidiol.  CBD has some medicinal properties but does not create the “high” feeling in users.  CBD marijuana in Florida has been legalized for those suffering from cancer, muscle spasms, seizures, and terminal illnesses where the patient has less than twelve (12) months to live.

Medical Necessity Defense for Marijuana

If you have been arrested for medical marijuana in Florida and you believe you are exempt from prosecution because of a medical necessity, contact the Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers at Pagan & Stroleny, P.L.  Our criminal attorneys are former state prosecutors who have handled hundreds of marijuana cases in local courts.  Medical marijuana is a serious and effective medicine for many suffering patients and if you qualify under the medical necessity laws, we want to help.  We offer free consultations and will best advise you on your next course of action.  Don’t let the state attorneys force you into a plea you don’t feel is justified solely because the prosecution doesn’t understand your medicinal necessity. Call our office now for a free consultation, (954) 256-1464.