Although medical cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, Florida legalized it in 2016. It was first approved by the Florida Senate in 2014, with 36 to three votes for children with epilepsy to be treated with medical cannabis.
However, this would be a perilous undertaking unless you are prepared to do a stealth grow in the middle of a remote section of the Everglades. The Floridian police force is well-funded and prepared to spend resources and time on collecting evidence on those suspected of growing weed in their property, using undercover officers, in formats, tapping phone lines and many other tactics.
The Senate decision was based on the case of a young girl named Charlotte, who used CBD oil to treat her epilepsy. The bill has been dubbed the “Charlotte Web Bill” in honor of the girl. A cannabis strain with a high CBD content is also named after her (Charlotte’s Web).
Can cannabis seeds be shipped to Florida?
Things are starting to change, and many are hopeful that the law in Florida could eventually change to allow people in the state to grow a limited number of plants at home for personal use. However, the situation is currently on hold.
It’s clear that the sentencing structure is designed to penalize industrial cultivators as being found in possession of 10,000 plants could result in 30 years’ prison and a $50,000 fine. And any cannabis cultivation found within 1,000 feet of a park, educational institution, or other designated area can carry a 15-year jail sentence and a $10,000 fine. These are hefty sums, so it’s clear that growing your own weed is not something to be taken lightly.
However, access to medicinal cannabis remains strictly controlled. No one in Florida can access marijuana for medicinal purposes unless they have first seen a doctor and been granted access to an MMJ card, which needs to be renewed every seven months. All this hassle means that it is not surprising that many Floridians are starting to wonder if it is worth growing their own weed at home.
It is illegal to cultivate marijuana in Florida, so if you are tempted to start a grow, you need to be aware of the risk and be very careful. Growing 25 cannabis plants can carry a maximum prison sentence of five years, in conjunction with a $5,000 fine. The greater the number of plants, the higher the penalty; for example, 25 to 300 plants could lead to a jail term of 15 years and a $10,000 fine. 300 and 2,000 cannabis plants, and you could be looking at a maximum jail term of 15 years and a $25,000 fine. It’s worth noting that hash is also illegal in the Sunshine State, as is marijuana concentrate.
While cannabis remains illegal for recreational use in Florida, the Sunshine State became the first southern U.S state to legalise the plant in any form when they first introduced medical cannabis back in 2016.
In this article, we explore the relevant cannabis laws in Florida relevant to possession, consumption and cultivation.
But is it legal to grow cannabis in Florida?
However, several cities including San Diego and Miami have introduced new reforms to apply lesser penalties as the state begins to loosen cannabis laws.
Unfortunately, recreational cannabis use remains illegal in the state of Florida. Possession of up to 20 grams is considered a misdemeanour offence, punishable by up to a year in prison, a fine of up to $1000, as well as the suspension of one’s driver’s license.
As mentioned, medical use was first legalized in 2016 thanks to a constitutional amendment making Florida the first southern state to adopt proactive measures relating to cannabis law.The initiative was overwhelmingly approved with 71% of the total votes cast and with its introduction, medical marijuana can now be cultivated and dispensed to qualifying patients.
Most of the soil areas do not hold nutrients very well. It is recommended to bring in good garden soil to grow. There are many brands out there, so I will not go into detail on this. If you wish to amend your soil, it is best to take soil samples to your local Ag department to have it analyzed, and make your amendments thusly. Tell them you are growing vegetables. Florida Soil is generally Acidic, especially around Pine trees. The soil pH should be in the area of 6.5 to increase the uptake of the nutrients. Dolomite Lime is a good amendment to adjust pH into the appropriate range. If everything about the location is perfect except soil and drainage, it may be a good idea to build a raised bed to grow your plants. this allows you to control everything below ground and also allow the tap root to dig deep enough to find a water source.
This is determined by the location, weather, and soil. Some Locations have plenty of water close enough to the surface that the tap root can pull enough water for the plants, and you will only need to water with the nutrients. During the rainy season, you shouldn’t need to water much if any. Just periodically check the plants to make sure the rain is draining properly and not destroying your plants. Your soil is also a factor in watering frequency. if your soil holds moisture well, you will not have to water as often. Various soil amendments can help with this. Silt, Clay, Peat, Vermiculite, and organic compost all help to retain moisture. Another additive is a product that goes by many names, one common name is "water crystals". These little beads absorb a great deal of water and release it slowly for the plant to use.
When to harvest varies from grower to grower. You can carry a pocket microscope out to the plot and check the trichomes for the percentage of clear to cloudy to amber trichomes if you like. What myself and some others prefer to do is just keep a close watch on the plants toward the end of the cycle. The buds will have a "finished" look about them. and look at the buds and sugar leaves in the sun. When they have a golden/amber sparkle about them, it tells you that trichs are turning amber and it is time to harvest. I like to harvest after a couple days w/o rain and late in the afternoon, to ensure the buds are fairly dry and will not start growing mold before you can get home and hang them up to dry.
If you are not using a Super Soil, you will need to provide your plants with nutrients. I recommend organic nutrients because they are less invasive on the environment and produce the best smoke. A good Idea is to hide the nutrients close to the grow site so you aren’t having to walk into the woods with fertilizer for people to see. You can buy camo 5 gal buckets or paint yours camo to hide in the woods with a lid to safely store the containers of nutrients. The bucket is also a handy way of mixing the nutrients.
Florida is home to an abundance of wildlife. There are many critters here that want to eat your plants, such as Deer, rabbits, pigs, and rodents. You can try to repel such animals by purchasing repellants, or by other homegrown means. Things such as hair, predator urine, soap, or any other strange scents not common in the area may repel most animals. Sometimes they come to accustom themselves to the smell and you may need to find other means of repelling. Fencing is a good deterrent for the natural wildlife. Use small hole fencing near the bottom to deter rodents, those sneaky guys can squeeze through some small holes.