Drug crimes are big news in Florida, but what's happening behind the scenes of major drug arrests and trials? Get our attorneys’ take on news headlines about drug crime by reading our news stories. We cut through the hype and give you the facts you need to understand the law.

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  • Florida Supreme Court to Let Voters Decide Medical Marijuana Issue A Florida Supreme Court ruling issued in January puts medical marijuana amendment on the November general election ballot.  If the amendment passes with at least 60 percent of the vote, state officials will have six months to sort out the details before patients can obtain medical marijuana without facing arrest.  The proposed amendment defines a...
  • Miami Decriminalizes Possession of Pot - Police Can Issue a $100 Fine - Arrests Can Still be Made for Some Cases Miami, FL (July 22, 2015) – Possession of marijuana is one of the most common criminal charges in the U.S. Possession of small amounts of marijuana account for 10% of all cases filed in the criminal justice system. Many celebrities, including Paul McCartney, Macauley Culkin, Bill Muray, and Louis Armstrong, have picked up pot charges. But...
  • Crime Lab Chemist Reassigned As Internal Investigation Gets Underway FORT LAUDERDALE (March 5, 2014) – Kelli McDonald, a Broward sheriff’s crime lab chemist in the is the subject of another investigation into missing drugs. As a result, prosecutors are reviewing her cases and asking that evidence she analyzed in pending criminal trials be retested. McDonald’s started to work in the crime lab in 2006,...
  • Doctor Busted for Selling Oxycodone Out of Motel Room A West Palm Beach doctor was busted on April Fool’s Day after Palm Beach County Sheriff deputies caught him selling oxycodone prescriptions for out of a cut-rate motel room.Dr. Jeffrey Matfus, 66, was living at the motel and was writing prescriptions for cash. Deputies found out about Matfus’ drug dealing Monday and scheduled an appointment...