Importation of Cannabis in Florida
Under Florida Statute 893.13(5)(1), the crime of Importation of Cannabis is defined as bringing any amount of cannabis into the state of Florida without an importation license issued by the state of Florida.
Penalties for Importation of Cannabis
In Florida, the crime of Importation of Cannabis is a Third Degree Felony punishable by up to five (5) years in prison, five (5) years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.
Importation of Cannabis is assigned a Level 3 offense severity ranking under Florida's Criminal Punishment Code and a judge may sentence a person convicted of Importation of Cannabis to probation, but may also impose a sentence up to the statutory maximum.
Driver's License Suspension
Pursuant to Florida Statute 322.055, any person convicted of Importation of Cannabis will have their driver’s license or driving privilege revoked for one year by the Florida DHSMV.
Defenses to Importation of Cannabis
If the cannabis was found in a place where more than one person had access, the prosecutor would have to comply with the law of constructive possession, which requires the prosecutor to prove the following two elements before you can be convicted of Importation of Cannabis: 
- Knowledge of the Cannabis' presence; and
- Dominion and control over the cannabis, which means more than the mere ability to reach out and touch the cannabis. 
Below are scenarios where it can be argued the prosecutor could not meet their burden of proving constructive Importation of Cannabis.
Scenario 1: You sign for a package on behalf of a friend and, unbeknown to you, the package contained cannabis. The prosecution should unable to convict you of Importation of Cannabis unless they had some proof that you knew the cannabis was present.
Scenario 2: Your roommate has cannabis shipped to the house, law enforcement intercept the package, but still deliver it to the house and your roommate accepts it. They then search the house after it is delivered. They should be unable to convict you of Importation of Cannabis because even though you may have known the cannabis was there, your friend is the only person who exercised dominion and control over the package.
Illegal Search and Seizure
More often than not, law enforcement exceed the scope of their authority and require people to submit to a vehicle, home, or body search; or they may coerce a person into agreeing to a search. If we can prove that either instance occurred, the courts will suppress the resulting evidence as having been illegally obtained.
Other suppression possibilities that may present themselves are: if law enforcement obtained a search warrant in bad faith or if you were arrested without probable cause.
Lack of Knowledge
It is an affirmative defense to the crime of Importation of Cannabis if you can prove that you did not know the substance in your possession was cannabis. Because knowledge is an affirmative defense, you would be required to testify a lack of knowledge of the substance's illegal nature. 
A typical example would be if you signed for a delivery on behalf of a friend and, unbeknown to you, the package contained cannabis. In such a case, absent an admission, the prosecutor would likely be unable to prove that you imported the cannabis.
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