The largest city by area in the U.S. and by population in the state of Florida, Jacksonville is the ideal destination to explore Florida’s eco-adventures and surround yourself with nature. Combine adventure with relaxation by exploring Jacksonville’s 22 miles of beaches, extensive parks and fishing scene with the city’s cultural side featuring vibrant street arts, coastal cuisine and more. The North Atlantic Coast location makes Jacksonville a popular spot for surfing, swimming and more - visit Atlantic Beach for easy waves year-round. Arts, history and culture also thrive in Jacksonville, with plenty of museums, boutique galleries and performing arts happening. Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is worth a visit, featuring a span of works from Ancient Greece and Rome to more contemporary artworks as well. The Jacksonville Zoo brings fun for the whole family with more than 2000 animals and 1000 plant species in its collection. Finally, for beautiful nature views, visit Big Talbot Island State Park for bicycle trails, hikes and more.
Unfortunately, Florida’s cannabis laws have been quite strict when it comes to recreational marijuana. Luckily, Florida voters passed a Medical Marijuana bill back in 2016. So unless you’re a Florida Medical Marijuana patient, don’t smoke weed when visiting Jacksonville. Only Florida residents whose doctors have qualified with an approved medical condition can apply, including:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Human Immunodiffenciency Virus /Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to the others listed.
A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification.
Chronic nonmalignant pain due to a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition.
Anyone in Jacksonville possessing 20 grams of marijuana or less without an MMJ card could be charged with a misdemeanor with $1000 fines and up to a year in prison. And if you’re possessing, selling or using anything more than 20 grams, that’s subject to felony charges and 5 to 30 years in prison.