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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