It's just a matter of time before pot is legalized in Florida.  That's the way longtime local defense attorney Michelle Suskauer sees it.

"26 states across the country have either legalized, decriminalized or allowed medical marijuana, and it seems like that's the way the country is going."

Right now, Michelle says folks caught with marijuana could face up to five years in jail. 

"There is of course misdemeanor possession of marijuana, which is under 20 grams, and that's a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.  Then there's felony possession of marijuana, which is a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.  There's cultivation of marijuana.  There's a variety of felonies."

Floridians will vote in November on a wide-ranging medical marijuana law, and lawmakers in Tallahassee are one step closer to approving the use of a non-intoxicating form of medical marijuana called "Charlotte's Web". 

A House committee has signed off on a plan to allocate $1 million towards research on the drug.  The money would be available to any research university in the state with FDA approval.


You can reach Michelle Suskauer at and follow her on Twitter @criminalDfense.

Michelle Suskauer is a Florida Bar Board Certified criminal trial attorney, practicing for over 22 years with the Suskauer Law Firm.

She is a past President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Chapter and is currently on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Trend's Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyer.

You may have also seen Michelle on our NewsChannel 5 partners, as she is their legal analyst.  She also appears as a legal expert on several national cable networks including Fox News, CNN and NBC. 

Photo courtesy of Michelle Suskauer