Florida’s marijuana laws are confusing, to say the least. Even though they’ve started making some progress and have legalized medical marijuana, they still have a long way to go. It isn’t impossible to buy weed in Miami, but it can get tricky if we don’t know where to look.
Now, let’s talk a bit about Florida’s complicated history with weed and how the laws have changed. We’re also going to see what the best places to buy weed in Miami are and how to do it safely.
Florida and Weed
Florida has been running anti-cannabis ads for over eighty years, so it’s no surprise that marijuana is only legal for medical use. They first made real progress in 2014, when the House of Representatives voted to give smaller fines to those who were caught carrying CBD.
In 2016, during the general election, Florida Amendment 2 passed. Now, patients who have some of the following conditions can use CBD to help with their treatment:
- Crohn’s Disease and many more
In order to legally buy weed in Miami, we need to be medical marijuana cardholders. Let’s take a look at what it takes to get a medical card and who can get one.
When strolling through Downtown Miami, seeing ads for pot doctors is a pretty normal thing. But, how hard is it to get a medical marijuana card in Miami?
In order to get a card, we first need to schedule an appointment to see the pot doctor. Then, we have to prove to them that we have one of the medical conditions mentioned. Also, we need to prove that we’ve tried other treatments for our condition and that none of them worked.
If the doctor verifies our claims, we’ll have to pay a small fee to the Florida Department of Health and wait for the card. Once we have the card in hand, it’s only valid for 30 weeks before we have to go in for another checkup. Medical marijuana cardholders in Florida are allowed 2.5 ounces of cannabis flower every 35 days.
To put it in the simplest terms — recreational weed is illegal in the state of Florida. But, most Miami residents say that the city is a weed-friendly place. So, what does that exactly mean for us? In essence, as long as we don’t smoke in public or sell weed, it’s not that big of an issue.
In fact, since 2017, anyone caught with less than 20 grams of weed has to pay a $100 fine. What’s more, weed activists are pretty confident that we’ll see a ballot to legalize recreational marijuana by 2020.
Unless we own a dispensary, growing weed in Florida is illegal. Keep in mind that since Amendment 2 passed, the state of Florida has only issued 14 licenses to dispensaries.
By law, all dispensaries are required to grow, extract, and sell their own marijuana. Not only that but the companies that applied for the license needed to be in business for at least 30 years. Any medical marijuana cardholder can check out this link to see where they can find a dispensary in Miami.
Where to Buy Weed in Miami, Florida
Now, since not everyone can qualify to be a medical marijuana cardholder, we need to get a little creative to buy recreational weed in Miami. Let’s check out what some of the best places to find weed are.
For anyone visiting Miami for the first time, going to Miami Beach is the easiest way to find weed. Since Miami is a pretty weed-friendly place, finding a dealer there shouldn’t be a problem. But, we recommend checking with someone first to see who has the highest-quality weed there.
Keep in mind that there are plenty of dealers there that can rip us off. To avoid getting scammed, we should always ask to see the weed before paying for it. Also, we recommend avoiding Miami Beach in the evening, since it might not be safe.
Youth Hostels and Hotels
As we mentioned, asking locals for a recommendation is usually the best way to go. If the hotel we’re staying at has bellhops or bagboys, we recommend checking with them first to see if they know a reliable dealer.
Even if we find a room over a booking website, like Airbnb, asking our host could be a good idea. Since they probably live in Miami, they might know where the best places to get weed are.
When in doubt — ask a college student. With over 40 colleges in the Miami city area, it should be pretty easy to find some weed enthusiasts. Also, a college campus is a great place to find some locals and strike up a conversation about where to buy and smoke weed.
We recommend visiting the University of Miami or the AI Miami International University of Art and Design. These two colleges are a hotspot for young people who might know where the best weed in town is.
There’s a big difference in prices depending on where we’re buying the weed. In dispensaries, the going rate for most strains of weed is $70 for 3.5 grams. There are also a couple of shops in Miami where we can order online and have our weed delivered.
The price is usually a bit lower in Miami Beach, starting at around $40 for 3.5 grams. Also, more often than not, we can get the dealers to lower the price a bit and get a better deal.
When it comes to strains of weed, Miami, and Florida in general, have a pretty good selection. Some of the most popular strains are:
- Gorilla OG
- White Widow
- Yoda OG
Most often, depending on who we buy the weed from, it’s pretty high-quality. Of course, we shouldn’t expect the same quality when we’re buying from dispensaries vs. on the street. But, most locals seem to enjoy the weed and say it’s some of the best in the US.