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Possession of MDMA

Artificially made psychoactive substances began to be more popular among drug users over the last twenty years. One psychoactive substance that’s known to be illegal in Florida is 3-4- Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine, also known as MDMA, Molly, or Ecstasy. It’s a synthetic substance that’s used to alter a person’s mood and perception which can then produce feelings of increased euphoria, pleasure, energy, or other warm emotions.

It’s illegal to possess MDMA, Ecstasy, and/or Molly under any capacity under Florida law. The drug is classified as a schedule I substance, meaning there will be harsh penalties if you’re found guilty. You’ll likely be facing felony charges because of this fact, and that means you could be sentenced to time in prison. That is why we highly encourage you to secure legal representation if you’ve been arrested for possession of MDMA, Molly, or Ecstasy.

Alachua County Lawyer for Possession of MDMA | Florida Laws for Ecstasy

The majority of people who use MDMA, Ecstasy, or Molly aren’t serious drug addicts. Usually, they are simply hard-working people looking for a fun night out at a concert, rave, or any other event. Despite this fact, the state of Florida still carries harsh penalties for MDMA possession.

If you or someone you know has been charged with possessing MDMA, Ecstasy, or Molly, then it’s within your best interest to contact Galigani Law Firm. Our criminal defense team at Galigani Law Firm have spent years defending clients from drug crimes including possession, trafficking, and manufacturing. We know what it takes to build an effective and efficient defense, and the steps it takes to get there. Call us now at (352) 375-0812 to set up your first consultation free.

Galigani Law Firm is located in Gainesville, Florida but we accept clients throughout the greater Alachua County area including High Springs, Newberry, Archer, Waldo, Hawthorne, and Micanopy.

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Is MDMA Illegal in Florida?

Possessing 3-4- Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine, or also commonly known as MDMA, Ecstasy, or Molly, is illegal in the state of Florida. However, it wasn’t always illegal. The substance was created in 1912 by the Merck Group—a multinational science and technology company founded in the 1600’s. MDMA was used in the medical profession for some time until it was declared an illegal substance in 1985 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

MDMA is synthetic, so it never occurs in nature. It’s a psychoactive drug and has a chemical structure that’s similar to the methamphetamines and mescaline. It can act as both a stimulant and a psychedelic simultaneously, which can then distort the user’s perception of reality and time. Often this enhances pleasure or enjoyment in certain activities including listening to loud music or dancing at a night club. It’s currently a schedule I substance, so possessing even trace amounts of MDMA will automatically result in a felony charge. 


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How Long Do You Go to Jail for Ecstasy?

Under Florida law, you can be in actual or constructive possession of MDMA, Ecstasy, or Molly. Actual possession is when you have the substance on your actual person. For instance, you’d be in actual possession if you carried MDMA in your pocket or in your purse. Constructive possession, however, is a little more intricate and requires you to fit multiple elements. 

To be charged with constructive possession of Molly, Ecstasy, or MDMA, you must be aware of what the substance is and have it in your dominion or control. According to Florida law, your dominion is anything you have the right to control or possess such as car, backyard, or any other place/area you have complete control over. A person has control over a substance if they have complete access to the drug at any time. For example, you’d be considered in constructive possession if the substance was in a locked storage container and only you had the code.

Possession of MDMA, Ecstasy, or Molly is a third-degree felony. The maximum punishment for a third-degree felony includes: 

  • 5 years in prison
  • Fines of up to $5,000
  • 5-year probation
  • License suspension for up to 6 months 

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What is Trafficking in MDMA?

The threshold for trafficking MDMA, Ecstasy or Molly is relatively low compared to other substances. Possessing 10 grams or more of Ecstasy, Molly, or MDMA may be considered drug trafficking by the District Attorney’s Office. It’s important to note the law doesn’t require you to possess 10 grams of pure MDMA, Molly, or Ecstasy. You can still be charged with drug trafficking MDMA if the substance you possessed was simply a mixture containing MDMA, Ecstasy, or Molly.

Ecstasy is commonly found mixed with other substances and it’s very rare for users to possess solely MDMA. It’s very possible you could be charged with trafficking Ecstasy even though the mixture you possessed had very little Molly, Ecstasy or MDMA in it. The penalties for trafficking MDMA are incredibly severe and do include a minimum-mandatory prison sentence.

If you’re convicted of trafficking MDMA, then you’ll be charged with a second-degree felony. The maximum punishment you may face for a second-degree felony conviction includes:

  • Up to 15 years in prison
  • A fine of up to $10,000
  • 15-year probation
  • License suspension for up to 6 months 

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Additional Resources

Florida Statutes for Ecstasy Possession – Visit the official website for the current Florida Statutes to learn more about the penalties for trafficking drugs including MDMA, Ecstasy, or Molly. Access the site to learn the elements of the crime, the maximum punishment for the crime, possible penalty enhancements, and other important information.

Substance Abuse Treatment & Referral Services | Florida DOH – Visit the official website for the Florida Department of Health o learn more about their Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program (SAMH). Access the site to get information about their treatment referral helpline, their online treatment facility locator, and find information about how drug use affects your reproductive years. 


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MDMA Defense Attorney Gainesville, FL | Possession & Trafficking

If you or someone you know has been arrested for possessing MDMA, Ecstasy, or Molly, it’s imperative you call Galigani Law Firm. With decades of drug defense experience on their side, the team at Galigani Law Firm is more than prepared to take on your case. Call today at (352) 375-0812 to set up your first consultation with the legal team at Galigani Law Firm. 

Galigani Law Firm accepts clients throughout the greater Gainesville and Alachua County area including Alachua, Hawthorne, Archer, Waldo, Newberry, and High Springs. 


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