Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Approved by Florida’s Largest County

miami-dadeCommissioners of Miami-Dade, Florida’s largest county (with a population of over 2.6 million), have voted to allow police to give a simple civil infraction for the possession of cannabis rather than arresting and charging them.

Under current law, the possession of up to 20 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor which carries with it a potential year long prison sentence. The new law, approved 10 to 3, gives police the option of issuing an $100 civil infraction for those caught possessing no more than 20 grams. This would mean the individual would not be arrested or charged with a crime.

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