By a 4-3 vote, Florida’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that people may be convicted of drug possession even if authorities cannot prove that the person knew that the drugs they were carrying were illegal.
In doing so, it rejected the argument that allowing such convictions without proving “intent” is unconstitutional.
Florida is one of only two states in the country that don’t require a person to know they are carrying illegal drugs in order to be convicted of doing so.
Critics say that leaving out that component makes it too easy for people to be convicted even if they didn’t realize they were carrying illegal drugs.
Should Florida’s drug possession laws require intent? What do you think?
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