Orlando, Florida Lawmakers Pass Cannabis Decriminalization Ordinance

orlandoCommissioners in Orlando, Florida have given approval to an ordinance that establishes a ticket for those caught possessing up to 20 grams of cannabis – rather than mandatory arrest – similar to laws passed recently in Miami-Dade, Florida’s largest county, as well as Broward County, Palm Beach County, Volusia County, Key West, West Palm Beach, Hallandale Beach and Tampa. The vote was 4 to 3, with the city’s Mayor Buddy Dyer voting in favor.

Under the proposed law – which will receive one final vote from city commissioner on May 9 – law enforcement will have the option of issuing a $50 civil citation to someone caught with 20 grams or less of cannabis rather than being legally forced to issue a misdemeanor (punishable by up to a year in prison) as the current law stands.

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Lawmakers in Key West, Florida Unanimously Approve Cannabis Decriminalization Measure

An aerial view of Key West, Florida.
An aerial view of Key West, Florida.

The Key West, Florida City Commission has voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that would establish an $100 ticket for the possession of up to 20 grams of cannabis. Similar proposals were approved recently in Miami-Dade, Florida’s largest county, and in Miami Beach.

Under the proposed ordinance, which will be given one final vote on September 1st before becoming law, police will have the option of issuing a $100 fine to those caught possessing no more than 20 grams of cannabis, rather than arresting and prosecuting them. Under current law, the possession of up to 20 grams of cannabis is a guaranteed misdemeanor which can result in a year-long prison sentence.

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