Section 893.135 Florida Statutes governs trafficking in Marijuana, cannabis. A person who is in possession of more than 25 pounts of cannabis, or more than 300 plants into the state, commits a felony. The minimum term of imprisonment from 25 pounds to 2,000 pounds of cannabis is 3 years including a fine of $25,000.00. The same is true for persons in possession of more than 300 but less than 2,000 plants.
The mandatory minimum term of imprisonment rises to 7 years and a fine of $50,000 for marijuana weighing from 2,000 to 10,000 pounds. Again, the same is true as a mandatory minimum for 2,000 plants to 10,000 plants. Over 10,000 pounds or plants, the fine quadruples to $200,000 and the minimum term of imprisonment rises to 15 years.
Plants must be considered to have root formation, and root hairs to be considered under the terms of this statute. Callous tissue on the stalk of a marijuana plant is not readily observable evidence of root formation, but viability or sex of the plant is not relevant for the purposes of the statute.
Marijuana Traffiking in excess of 25 pounds or 300 plants is a First Degree felony.
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