Orlando Police Chief, John Mina says “it’s the right thing to do”
The City of Orlando is on the verge of taking steps to reform the criminal justice system when it comes to cannabis prohibition. Much like Miami-Dade, Miami Beach, FernandinavBeach, and Hallandale Beach which all launched citation programs last year.
The proposal would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and was announced Tuesday by the city of Orlando.
If approved, the proposal would mean that not everyone caught with marijuana would face jail time.
Under the plan, anyone found with 20 grams of marijuana or less would face a civil infraction rather than a crime.
The first offense would be punishable by a $50 fine, followed by a $100 fine for a second offense. A third offense would require a mandatory court appearance.
Under current state law, possession of 20 grams of marijuana or less is a first-degree misdemeanor and punishable by up to 1 year in jail or a $1,000 fine.
The Orlando city council will decide on the measure on Monday.
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