decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana

Legislation filed this week by Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana is getting pushback from top city officials.

Orlando Decriminalizes Small Amounts Of Marijuana

May 10, 2016
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Orlando commissioners narrowly approved a measure to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana this evening. First time offenders will have to pay a $100 fine if found with less than 20 grams of the drug. The penalty will increase to $200 for second and third time offenders will have a mandatory court appearance. They will also have the choice of going to a substance recovery program.

Orlando Closer To Decriminalizing Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Apr 20, 2016
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The city of Orlando is a step closer to decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, which other cities around Florida have done.

The city council's 4-3 vote Monday in favor clears the measure for a final decision May 9. It would make possession of 20 grams or less a violation of city code carrying a $50 fine for first-time offenders.