Tampa, Florida City Council Votes to Decriminalize Cannabis
The 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.
The proposal is expected to save the city of of 300,000 hundreds of thousands of dollars in enforcement costs; Tampa is the 53rd most populated city in the United States.
The proposal is supported by the city’s mayor, as well as the city’s police chief.