As vaporizers or e-cigarettes have grown increasingly popular in recent years, so too has the interest in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrates. Commonly referred to as "butane hash oil," “BHO,” “shatter,””budder,” or “wax," marijuana concentrates allow users to more discreetly consume THC.
Many people who do not want to smoke or vaporize—some of whom might need cannabis for medical conditions—elect to consume THC-infused edible products, such as brownies, cookies, or gummies. When alleged offenders are transporting edibles from other jurisdictions in which they are legally sold, the products may be easily distinguished because they are clearly labeled in childproof containers. If a person abandons such packaging to avoid possible criminal charges, he or she can risk having a child consume the product.
While cannabis is a Schedule I controlled substance in Florida and alleged offenders can face misdemeanor charges for possessing 20 grams or less of marijuana, possession of any amount of a THC concentrate is a felony offense. Convictions for possessing, selling, or manufacturing marijuana concentrates carry serious penalties, including lengthy prison sentences and significant fines.
If you were arrested in South Florida for any kind of alleged criminal offense involving a marijuana concentrate, it is in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. defends clients accused of cannabis crimes in communities all over Broward County, including Davie, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Miramar, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, and many others.
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Possession of a controlled substance offenses are listed under Florida Statute § 893.13. While offenses involving 20 grams or less of marijuana are usually misdemeanors, the term cannabis “does not include the resin extracted from the plants of the genus Cannabis or any compound manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such resin.”
Marijuana concentrates are high-THC resin extracted from cannabis, and possession of any amount of a THC concentrate is a third-degree felony offense. It is a second-degree felony if an alleged offender possesses, sells, manufactures, delivers, or possesses with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver a marijuana concentrate in, on, or within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising any of the following:
The sentence an alleged offender receives if convicted of a marijuana concentrate crime depends on how the alleged crime was classified. Maximum sentences in THC concentrate cases may include the following:
Felony convictions can also carry many additional consequences, such as possible loss of a person’s firearm rights and professional licenses.
The Facts About Marijuana Concentrates | Just Think Twice — JustThinkTwice.gov is a United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website. On this section of the website, you can learn what marijuana concentrates are, how potent concentrates can be, and how concentrates are abused. You can also find information about the effects of using marijuana concentrates.
What You Should Know About Marijuana Concentrates | DEA — View a downloadable pamphlet on marijuana concentrates from the DEA. The pamphlet discusses the THC extraction process and some of its dangers. You can also learn more about common street names for marijuana concentrates.
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