Orlando is the latest city to pass laws decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.
Starting October 1, possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana will cost you $100 for a first offense and $200 for as second offense, alternative sanctions include a substance abuse course and community service. These noncriminal infractions are a stark contrast from previous consequences which include a smear on your criminal record, probation, and costly diversion programs.
The vote passed with a 4-3 vote on Monday. The rationale behind this change is to form sensible laws around the changing views and landscape of marijuana in the United States and give people a second chance. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the following regarding the issue,
“What we’re saying is to someone who has made a youthful mistake for the first time and they have no other background of any sort and are not associated with any crimes we’re probably going to be able to give them a second chance”
Following suit of Volusia county, Dade county, and the city of Tampa, Orlando is the latest in taking steps to dial back the offenses for marijuana-related issues and free up law enforcement resources for other issues.
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– via WESH.com