New hemp laws temporarily halting marijuana-related arrests

Law enforcement officers in our area face a new obstacle in pursuing investigations into illegal use and possession of marijuana.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, the sight or smell of marijuana can no longer be used as probable cause to search someone’s property for marijuana.

That is because marijuana is too similar to hemp, which was removed from the controlled substance list in the state of Florida, making it legal.

Law enforcement can not tell if a plant is marijuana or hemp just by the odor or appearance.

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