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Florida...Now the toughest state for growers!!!!
Unfortunately because of this I dont think im going to be growing much longer...once this grow is finished im done until I get out of this fucking state.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (R), an inveterate drug warrior dating back to his days in the US Congress, and two hard-line state legislators have unveiled a bill for the 2008 state session that attempts to crack down on the Sunshine State's flourishing indoor marijuana growing industry. The bill, which is not yet available on the Florida legislature's web site, would dramatically decrease the number of growing plants needed to prosecute someone as a drug trafficker, a first-degree felony with a mandatory minimum three-year prison sentence.
McCollum press conference
Under current Florida law, growers can be charged as traffickers only if they grow more than 300 plants. Federal marijuana laws require 100 plants to trigger the equivalent offense. But under the "marijuana Grow House Eradication Act," it would take only 25 plants to trigger a trafficking charge. But there is more nastiness embedded in the measure. It would also create new penalties for those who own a house for the purpose of growing marijuana and those who live in the house or take care of the grow op. It would also ratchet up penalties for people who have both kids and a grow op, and ratchet them up even higher if the kids are three or under.
The bill is a response to an apparent explosion in marijuana grows in Florida. According to McCollum's press release announcing the measure, indoor grow ops were detected in 41 of Florida's 67 counties. The number of indoor grows busted in Florida ranks it second only to California, the release said.
The bill will not be heard until next spring's legislative session, but that didn't stop McCollum and his legislative and law enforcement allies from getting the ball rolling earlier this month. "As Florida's Attorney General, my priority is protecting our children and our communities from the devastation of illegal drugs," said McCollum. "This legislation targets those who grow marijuana for profit."
"Every time law enforcement can detect a grow house and arrest those involved with it, less crime will be on our streets," said cosponsor Senator Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville), adding that the main purpose of this legislation is eliminating the spread of illegal drugs in Florida. "This legislation will provide law enforcement with critical tools to get these narcotics out of our kids' hands and put drug traffickers behind bars."
"In Florida, those who use grow houses to traffic drugs belong in prison," added Representative Nick Thompson (R-Fort Myers). "Under this legislation we are clearly telling drug dealers, 'if you grow, you go!'"
"Whether grown outdoors or in a garage, marijuana today is extremely potent and dangerous and the cultivation of this illicit drug will not be tolerated by DEA," chimed in Mark Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Miami Field Division.
With some months until the bill is actually considered, saner heads will have time to craft a response. It remains to be seen if they will emerge to do so.
Last edited by nowstopwhining; 05-02-2008 at 01:48 PM.
Thats friggin insane
I left that freakin' state 9 months ago and was sad.....because it's home.....but with this post I am HAPPY as hell! Where I'm at it is still a hard charge if you get caught, but it's not like THAT! Shame on Florida.....shame on legislators who STILL refuse to endorse marijuana!
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Sale or Cultivation 25 to 2,000 lbs (or 2,000 plants) felony 3 years MMS* $25,000 -Florida NORML
Does this mean that the 25 can represent 25 plants also? The 2000 can represent either lbs or individual plants, but what about the 25?
Note the MMS or mandatory minumum sentence. Thats 3 years lost no matter how good your lawyer is.
Last edited by sams0n; 05-03-2008 at 12:40 PM.
Last edited by spark1; 05-03-2008 at 03:20 PM.
I didnt know trailer parks had enough room to grow that many plants.
Nah, its just the fields behind said trailers that have all the dank shit.
Originally Posted by 40acres
I know you're watching me, fuck off.
There used to be a billboard on the side of the road as you entered Nevada from California that read: Don't gamble with marijuana in Nevada. Possession 20 years. Sales life!
Sad to see .. Also If this goes through you will have more states follow .. "This thing of ours " will indeed get worse before it gets better . Until they (the govt) can figure a way to get money off of it . We will have to put up with the laws they throw in front of us ... Or move to a state where it is tolarated (spelled wrong I know )
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