It’s another one of those baby steps in the direction of re-legalization. “Depenalization,” really? The energy of the old confederacy is collapsing. Battle flags and cannabis prohibition are both moving in the same direction — towards the exit.
Last week, Commissioners in Florida’s largest county decided in favor of an ordinance that permits the police to cite rather than arrest minor marijuana offenders.
Commissioners for Miami-Dade County voted 10-to-3 in favor of a countywide ordinance to treat marijuana possession offenses involving 20 grams or less as a civil infraction, punishable by a $100 fine — with no arrest, no criminal prosecution, no incarceration and no criminal record. The new ordinance will go into effect later this week.
Under state law, minor marijuana possession offenses are classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. According to an analysis by the ACLU, an estimated 60,000 Floridians are arrested for cannabis possession violations annually — the third highest statewide total in the nation.
More detail on the situation in Florida can be found HERE.
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