Law & Business
Over the past few years, the focus on Florida’s tourism industry and astronomical annual visitor rates has been overshadowed by marijuana. Headlines have captured the evolving regulations, mishaps of implementation, and political pandering to polarized camps of advocates. Over the past few years,
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, making it “unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally … to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense [marijuana].” But why?
I am often questioned as to how states can permit medical and recreational marijuana in light of federal prohibitions on any form of marijuana possession, sale or use. If marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I drug under federal law, why aren’t potpreneurs and users being locked up en masse?