Marijuana Concentrates

Marijuana concentrates are becoming increasingly popular across the United States. There are wide varieties of concentrates, from vaporizers to THC-free cannabis oils. Any product that is obtained through an extraction process falls under the general umbrella of a marijuana concentrate.

Marijuana concentrates are created by using a solvent like ethanol, water, Co2, and most notably, butane, to extract the THC from the green cannabis plant. THC, also known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the active ingredient in marijuana that gives the user the "high" feeling.

Some extracts contain potency levels of up to 80% higher than the normal marijuana plant. Other extracts contain lower THC-levels such as low CBD oils, usually used as medical marijuana alternatives.

While some marijuana users have found the alternative use of concentrates to be a healthier and preferable consumption method, law enforcement officers in South Florida view it as a danger and a health risk. Moreover, THC concentrates are penalized a lot more harshly in Florida than the marijuana plant.

Attorney for THC Concentrates in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Although Florida has legalized medical marijuana, unauthorized usage is still considered the use of a schedule one substance in Florida. If you or someone you know has been charged with THC concentrate possession, speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney is imperative.

The attorneys at Bacchus Law Firm have extensive experience defending drug crimes throughout South Florida, and at the Federal level in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Our attorneys take cases throughout the Miami-metropolitan area in cities like West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, LaBelle, Miami, and East Naples, Florida.

Our office is centrally located in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, FL, just minutes from the Broward County Central Courthouse. Individuals with potential marijuana charges in Broward County, Hendry County, Palm Beach County, or Miami-Dade County should contact our office immediately before speaking with law enforcement.

Call (954) 500-5555 for more information about how our office can help.

Overview of Marijuana Concentrates in Broward County

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BHO Manufacturing in South Florida

All along South Florida, police officers and firefighters have been fighting fires caused by butane hash oil (BHO) manufacture. BHO is a type of marijuana hash concentrate created using butane as the extraction solvent. The process for creating BHO is extremely dangerous. Novice marijuana users are attempting to create the substance in their homes.

The problem is, butane is a highly flammable substance and often individuals do not ventilate the area enough, they mistakenly light the THC concentrate for consumption, and end up blowing themselves up. The result is that an individual is not only charged with THC concentrate possession, a felony in FL, but they could have arson charges, or be subject to civil liability for property damage.

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THC Concentrate Use for Medical Purposes

Florida is one of several states that have legalized medical marijuana. Only a few states, however, have legalized THC concentrate for medical use. Currently, Florida Legislators are busy implementing the new regulations for medical marijuana operations in Florida after Amendment 2 passed the November election.

Until those laws are finalized, it will be important to keep in mind the current law on hash concentrates and whether it will change.

Florida laws for cannabidiol, also known as CBD or CBD Hemp Oil, regulate the patients who may use it based on that patient's medical problems. CBD Hemp Oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, unlike other medical marijuana products that are generally made from the marijuana plant.

In Florida, only patients with the following conditions may qualify for CBD oil:

  • seizures
  • muscle spasms
  • cancer
  • terminal illness (defined as a patient with no more than twelve (12) months to live)

Outside of authorized THC concentrate use, being in possession of even a small amount of concentrate could subject an individual to serious felony consequences.

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Penalties for THC Concentrate in FL

Possessing a small amount of marijuana in a cigarette or the plant substance in Florida is exempt from being defined as a Schedule I substance. A small amount means twenty (20) grams or less of the plant substance.

In Florida, a Schedule I substance is a drug that has not been approved for medical use and has a high risk of abuse. Having any amount of cannabis concentrate is considered possession of a Schedule I substance because concentrates are not exempt under FL law.

The penalty for THC concentrate possession is a third-degree felony. Third-degree felonies are punishable by up to five (5) years in prison and up to $5,000 fines.

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Additional Resources

Marijuana Policy Project – visit the Marijuana Policy Project website dedicated to the safe implementation of marijuana into medical use. The website provides the latest legislative update on the implementation of Amendment 2, which is set to expand the Florida medical marijuana law. Also find more information on the current Legislative bills proposed for implementing medical marijuana legislation; SB 614, SB 406, SB 1388, SB 1472, and HB 1397.

Low-THC Medical Cannabis –Visit Florida Health, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) for more information on the definition of low-THC cannabis in Florida. Also find information on how low-THC cannabis is distinct from medical cannabis, the percentage of cannabidiol and the definition of medical cannabis. 

893.13 Fla. Stat. –Visit Online Sunshine, the official website of the Florida Legislature for more information on criminal charges for marijuana possession including the green leafy substance and the THC concentrate possession.

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Find an Attorney for THC Concentrates in Broward County, Florida

Understanding how the Florida criminal charges for THC concentrate possession can be different from possessing the plant substance may be difficult to understand. Speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney who, not only has had years of experience defending clients in various drug crime cases but has also practiced as a State prosecutor is invaluable.

The attorneys at Bacchus Law Firm are zealous advocates for their clients. We represent clients throughout the Miami-metropolitan area in Broward County, and in the surrounding counties of Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, Hendry County, and Collier County, FL. 

If you or someone you know has been charged with criminal THC concentrate possession, then contact our firm as soon as possible. With offices centrally located in Downtown Fort. Lauderdale, just minutes from the U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse, we take federal cases throughout Florida in cities like Miami, East Naples, LaBelle, and West Palm Beach, FL

Call (954) 500-5555 for a no obligations consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

This Article Was Last Updated Thursday, April 13, 2017.

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