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?

  • YES

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


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 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.

Law Atlas map of states with Good Samaritan laws

This in an online interactive resource for visualizing the states with Good Samaritan laws.

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