Florida county first to pass fine instead of jail time for marijuana

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Miami-Dade County, Florida is the first county in the state to pass a law that would allow marijuana possession to be treated as a civil offense.

Commissioners passed an ordinance Tuesday that makes possession of marijuana — anything under 20 grams — a criminal misdemeanor or civil offense. The citation would be $100, and the offender would not face jail time.

Commissioner Sally Heyman said, “For goodness sakes, we don’t have to destroy the lives of so many. We have better things to do with our police resources.”

Miami-Dade County Judge Samuel Slom said it is stunning how much of taxpayer dollars are utilized every time someone is charged with a simple offense of possession of marijuana. He said it takes officers away from their job and is a waste of time and resources. He said instead of an officer protecting the community as he or she should be, they would be transporting someone to jail for marijuana.

The new ordinance would prevent that he said.

Commissioners said that Broward County and Miami Beach are considering voting on the same ordinance.

What do you think? Should Marion County consider a similar ordinance?

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  • larry1952

    Yes, ABSOLUTELY. It is about time that the failed war against marijuana be put to bed. I am tired of seeing all of these young people with no criminal records being arrested for having a small amount of pot in their possession. It is insane to persecute these people for doing something that is so prevalent in our society. Do we want to put everybody in jail?

  • Anonymous

    No. I totally disagree. It’s the people buying a little (or any) pot that are allowing the big drug dealers and drug importers to exist in the first place!

    • harry

      there’s always going to be a black market, the reason there is violence, but in Denver, crimes are down, use down, how do you explain that? local growers, local buyers. taxes.
      now if you believe in reefer madness, then yes
      plus about 50% of americans have tried it

    • larry1952

      Those “big drug dealers and drug importers” would totally disappear if pot was legally sold, regulated and taxed like alcohol.

      • Anonymous

        No they would not. Look at the States who have fully legalized it. There are still underground drug dealers due to many not wanting to pay taxes or give up their lucrative criminal business. And let’s not forget it’s usually the first drug kids start out with next to alcohol and they more often than not continue on to harder drugs from there. Giving a slap on the wrist for doing something illegal is not teaching our children to obey and respect the law.

        • larry1952

          Hey “Anonymous”, do you own stock in one of these privatized jails or prisons? They are the ones who tend to think the way you do. Your way has totally failed and is also full of flawed logic and outdated ideas. Show me one study or expert who believes that pot leads to hard drugs any more than beer, wine or vodka. We already lock up more people by far than ANY civilized nation in the world. Let’s just keep locking everybody up and continue with your failed “prohibition” against marijuana until every teen in the country has a jail record. That will teach “our children to obey and respect the law”. Wait! Maybe we should just change the asinine law!

    • yael58

      It’s your government, drug cartels, prisons for profit, and big pharma who have the most to gain from maintaining pot Prohibition.

      Do yourself and the rest of us a favor; educate yourself out of Reefer Madness ignorance. Because you are exceedingly ignorant on this issue.

      Unless of course, you actually enjoy being a sado-moralist.

    • harry

      since Colorado legalized, they grow the best, they are importing to mexico. if you like the best, smoke American

  • angela

    It really doesn’t matter the government will approve anything to make everyone forget about gay marriages being legalized….but I seen this coming & it’s very good instead of wasting taxpayers money for kids to be put in jail for $5 or $10 worth of weed & messing up these kids background record!!!!! I support it!!!!!!!

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