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Clearing Confusion About Marijuana Use
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Clearing Confusion
About Marijuana Use 
Marijuana laws are changing across the country as states adopt legalization and decriminalization initiatives, many backed by voters. Yet, a 2020 study by the American Civil Liberties Union shows Black people are 3.64 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite using marijuana illegally at similar levels.

While there’s a growing movement within Florida and other states to relax marijuana laws, the federal government still treats it — irrespective of medicinal or recreational use — as an illegal substance. This can cause confusion and potentially lead to problems.
Tampa-based criminal defense attorney Patricia Dawson says a medical marijuana patient in Florida could still run into difficulty with federal laws in certain circumstances.
“You can’t use [medical marijuana] on public transportation and public parks. There’s a whole list of places you can’t use medical marijuana, so the obvious best place to use it is in your home. You’ll be in violation of your medical marijuana card if you’re using it in places you’re not supposed to.”
When it comes to illegal (recreational) marijuana, Terence Calloway, police chief and assistant vice president of safety at Florida A&M University (FAMU), strongly suggests not smoking it while riding in a car because of the risk of being pulled over by police. The smell of burnt cannabis could lead to serious consequences.
“Don’t smoke and get in your car,” he warns. “You’re giving probable cause to the police. If they pull you over and they smell it … they will search your car without asking you…. Don’t argue with the police when pulled over because you are not going to win that battle. As soon as you start arguing, they can take you to jail for disorderly conduct. As soon as they grab you and you pull back, they can charge you for resisting arrest. And it now goes from a simple misdemeanor to a felony.”
Mutaqee Akbar, a criminal defense attorney in Tallahassee, says, “Most of the law enforcement agencies are still making arrests. Some agencies are more likely to make an arrest than other agencies, mainly the Florida Highway Patrol. I did not see any kind of break in their enforcement of marijuana. They’re pretty much leaving it up to the state attorney’s office to do what they have to do.”
Read Florida’s Marijuana Statute here. 
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How to Get Medical Marijuana in Florida
Only a qualified physician can recommend medical marijuana in Florida, but a patient still must get a registry identification card to obtain the drug from an approved treatment center.
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Click here to apply for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card.
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Marijuana Treatment
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What People Are Saying About Marijuana
During each Conversations on Cannabis virtual forum, we ask audience members to share their views or experiences.

“Not my personal story, but someone close to me just lost their job after a random drug test was done and they tested positive for marijuana and did not have a medical marijuana card.” - V.Y. in Pensacola, Fla.

“Medical Marijuana changed my mind set about how I want to help people since cannabis has done so much with my anxiety and depression. I want to spread the same awareness and knowledge of the many benefits cannabinoids do to help someone.”
- A.J. in Miramar, Fla.
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