Cannabis Decrim Bills Now in Effect in Tampa and Volusia County, Florida

floridaBills to establish a simple citation for those caught possessing small amounts of cannabis – rather than a mandate of being arrested and charged with a criminal act – take full effect today in the Florida city of Tampa, and the Florida county of Volusia.

Under Tampa’s law, those caught possessing up to 20 grams of cannabis will be given a $75 citation for their first offense, a $150 citation for their second offense and a $300 citation for third and subsequent offenses. Volusia County’s law is similar, though the fine is set at $100. Similar laws have been passed in Florida’s largest county, Miami-Dade, as well as in Broward County, Key West, West Palm beach and Hallandale Beach.

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Mayor of Tampa, Florida Signs Cannabis Decrim Bill Into Law

tampaTampa has become the latest Florida city to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis, with Mayor Bob Buckhorn signing into a law today an ordinance to do just that.

Under the new law – which was passed 5 to 1 by the City Council earlier this month – those caught possessing up to 20 grams of cannabis will be issued a citation of between $75 – $300 (depending on whether it’s their first, second or any subsequent offense). Under current law, the possession of even a miniscule amount of cannabis can result in a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

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Cannabis Decriminalization Proposal Approved by Tampa City Council, Heads to Supportive Mayor

cannabis24A proposal to decriminalize cannabis possession has been given final approval by Tampa, Florida’s City Council. The vote was 5 to 1, sending the measure to the city’s supportive Mayor, Bob Buckhorn; the city’s police chief is also in support of the move.

Under the proposed law, those caught possessing up to 20 grams of cannabis will be issued, at most, a $75 citation for a first offense, an $150 citation for their second offense, and a $300 citation for any subsequent offense; no number of offenses will result in jailtime or a criminal record. Under current law, the possession of even a miniscule amount of cannabis can result in a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

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Tampa, Florida City Council Votes to Decriminalize Cannabis

possession-of-marijuana-tampa-flThe City Council of Tampa, Florida has voted 5 to 1 to pass an ordinance that would decriminalize the possession of up to 20 grams of cannabis, a crime that’s currently punishable by up to a year in jail and an $1,000 fine.

Under the proposed law, which will receive a final vote on March 17 before going to Mayor Bob Buckhorn, those caught possessing up to 20 grams of cannabis will be issued, at most, a $75 citation for someone’s first offense, an $150 citation for their second offense, and a $450 citation for any subsequent offense; no number of offenses will result in jailtime or a criminal record.

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