Florida

How does your state measure up when it comes to establishing policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition?

Harm Reduction


Does the state permit access to clean syringes for people who inject drugs?

  • NO

Does the state have naloxone training & distribution programs available to the public at syringe exchange programs or other facilities?

  • NO

Does the state have a 911 Good Samaritan law?

  • YES

Does the state have legal methadone access?

  • YES

Marijuana


Are marijuana possession and use legal for medical purposes?

  • NO

What are the criminal penalties for marijuana possession?

Criminal Justice


How many people are arrested for a drug offense each year? 

  • 130,296

What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?

  • Total population (2011): 78.5% white, 16.5% black.
    Drug Arrests (2011): 58.6% white, 50.0% black.

What happens to people’s voting rights when they become part of the criminal justice system?

  • As of Mar. 9, 2011 , all individuals convicted of any felony will now have to apply for executive clemency after a five year waiting period. Individuals who are convicted, or who have previously been convicted, of certain felonies such as murder, assault, child abuse, drug trafficking, arson, etc. are subject to a seven year waiting period and a clemency board hearing to determine whether or not the ability to vote will be restored.

Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill

Follows Unanimous Passage by Both Florida House and Senate

Momentum Builds Nationally as Numerous States Consider Similar Reforms

Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott approved a bill aimed at reforming the practice of civil asset forfeiture, following unanimous passage in both the House and Senate.

Contact:

Ben Pollara 305-989-4901
Tony Newman 646-335-5384

Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Syringe Access Legislation

New Law Will Create State's First Syringe Access Programs

Harm Reduction Gone Mainstream: Florida Follows in Steps of Kentucky, Indiana and Republican-Led Congress in Passing Syringe Access Reforms

Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the IDEA Act (“Miami-Dade Infectious Disease Elimination Act”), after it passed the Florida House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Florida leads the nation in new HIV cases, while Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward are #1 and #2 in the nation, respectively, for the rate of new HIV infections per 100,000 residents.

Contact:

Ben Pollara (305) 989-4901
Tony Newman (646) 335-5384

Florida House Passes Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Unanimously

Unanimous Vote in House Follows Last Week’s Unanimous Support in the Senate

Coalition of Reform Advocates and Law Enforcement Urge Gov. Scott to Sign Into Law

(New York, NY) - Today, the Florida House of Representatives unanimously passed SB 1044, reforming Florida’s “Contraband Forfeiture Act,” sending the legislation to Gov. Scott’s desk for a signature. Last week the Senate passed the legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, in a 38–0 vote.

Contact:

Ben Pollara 305-989-4901
Tony Newman 646-335-5384

Florida Senate Passes Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Unanimously

Reform Bills Headed to House for Floor Votes

(New York, NY) - Today, the Florida Senate voted unanimously to approve SB 1044, which reforms the state’s “Contraband Forfeiture Act”. Introduced by Sen. Jeff Brandes, the bill now heads to Florida House of Representatives for a floor vote. The House companion, HB 889, passed its final committee of reference last week. The two bills are identical as amended and if HB 889 passes, civil asset forfeiture reform will head to Gov. Scott to be signed into law.

Contact:

Ben Pollara 305-989-4901
Tony Newman 646-335-5384

Syringe Access Legislation Passes Florida Legislature, Heads to Governor for Signature

Florida House Passes IDEA Bill, Creating First Syringe Exchange Pilot in State; IDEA Approved in Senate Last Week

Drug Policy Alliance, Harm Reduction Advocates Applaud Legislature, Urge Gov. Scott to Sign into Law

(Washington, D.C.) – With overwhelming bipartisan support, today the Florida House passed SB 242, also known as IDEA (“Miami-Dade Infectious Disease Elimination Act”). SB 242 had passed the Senate in a 37-2 vote last week, and Rep. Katie Edwards, House sponsor of companion bill, HB 81, brought the Senate version to the floor for its successful vote today.

Florida leads the nation in new HIV cases, while Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward are #1 and #2 in the nation, respectively, for the rate of new HIV infections per 100,000 residents.

Contact:

Ben Pollara 305-989-4901
Tony Newman 646-335-5384

Florida: Urgent Syringe Access Reform Unanimously Passes Key Committee Vote, Now Headed to Floor Vote in State House

Drug Policy Alliance Applauds Effort to Establish Florida's First Syringe Access Program, as State Comes to Grips With Highest Number of New HIV Cases in U.S.

DPA and Harm Reduction Advocates Urge Florida House of Representatives to Pass Law

Today, the Health and Human Services Committee (“HHS”) of the Florida House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 81, also known as IDEA (“Miami-Dade Infectious Disease Elimination Act”). HHS was the bill’s final committee of reference in the House and now moves to the chamber’s floor for a vote of the full Florida House. Its Senate companion, SB 242, is likewise awaiting a floor vote in that chamber.

Contact:

Ben Pollara (305) 989-4901
Tony Newman (646) 335-5384

Florida Becomes First State in the South to Vote in Favor of Medical Marijuana

Loses Despite Clear Majority Support, Thanks to Unique Florida Law Requiring 60% for Ballot Initiatives and $5 Million Opposition Campaign

National Implications: Majority Support Sends Strong Message, Regardless of 60% Florida Requirement

Today, a large majority of voters in Florida approved Amendment 2, a ballot initiative that makes Florida, with its huge population and bellwether status in American politics, the very first state in the South to see a majority vote in favor of a medical marijuana law.

Contact:  Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Ethan Nadelmann 646-335-2240

Statement from Detective Gary Martin in support of North Carolina's Good Samaritan Bill

Detective Gary Martin of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office championed Florida's Good Samaritan bill.  Here, he descibes the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Dept.'s findings on local drug overdose deaths and explains his support for Good Samaritan policies from a law enforcement perspective.

11th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Fourth Amendment Challenge to Florida's Suspicionless Drug Testing Program

Drug Policy Alliance filed Amicus Brief Challenging Random Drug Testing Program

Today, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Lebron v. Secretary, Florida Department of Children and Families, upheld a preliminary injunction that halted Florida’s law requiring drug testing of public assistance applicants as a condition of receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (“TANF”).

Contact: Theshia Naidoo 510-229-5214 or Tommy McDonald 510-229-5215

FL State 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Law (§36.893.21 – 2012)

January 1, 2012

This is the text of Florida's Good Samaritan law.

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