A measure to decriminalize marijuana possession across Broward County was introduced Monday, following Miami-Dade’s plan to decriminalize pot possession in June.
Miami-Dade has passed the measure, joining Miami are Hallandale Beach, the first city in Broward County to decriminalize marijuana and Key West. Police have the option to fine anyone caught with 20 grams of pot or less in the three Florida cities, those caught will have to pay a $100 fine, rather than face jail time. The measure makes pot possession a civil offense rather than a criminal one.
West Palm Beach commissioners, meanwhile, are tackling the issue this week.
One of the main points of contention in Broward County is that, while people in higher-income areas will get fined, those in lower-income areas could be put under arrest. Commissioners want to make sure that the measure covers everyone equally and that police enforcement is fair across the board.
Broward Commissioner Martin Kiar says the commission plans to gather data to get more informed on how to deal with the possible issue, but he also says that being arrested for marijuana possession has become an unnecessary blight on otherwise decent people’s records.
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