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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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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