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TAMPA Is Ready To Decriminalize MARIJUANA

02/18/2016 at 11:27 | Tampa Bay Times


Last month, ST. PETE decided to issue CIVIL CITATIONS for those caught with less than 20 grams of MARIJUANA.

TAMPA is now moving in the same direction.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn has drafted an ordinance — DECRIMINALIZING small amounts of weed possession — that the city council will discuss TODAY.

According to Buckhorn’s ordinance — FINES will replace ARRESTS — for those caught with less than 20 grams of the ganja:

  • First offense – $75
  • Second offense – $150
  • Third offense – $300
  • Forth offense – $450


Buckhorn says the GOAL is to deal with marijuana possession in a way that DOES NOT give offenders a CRIMINAL RECORD for LIFE:

We have incarcerated a SIGNIFICANT portion of a generation, particularly of young BLACK men, over LOW-LEVEL drug offenses.


It really ISN’T working, and it has a lifelong impact on people’s ability to get JOBS, to provide for their families, because they end up with a record. … If we can divert people as opposed to incarcerate them for MINOR offenses like SMOKING WEED, I think we would be better-served.

***Still think attitudes aren’t changing about his MIRACLE plant? Trust LEGALIZATION will pass THIS November.***

Council member, Harry Cohen, hopes the ordinance will SAVE the city MONEY, and effort, that is currently allocated to enforcing laws for minor offenses.

He thinks issuing civil citations will FREE limited law enforcement resources to handle MAJOR crimes.

Last year, Miami-Dade, Miami Beach, Fernandina Beach and Hallandale Beach all launched citation programs.

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