Orlando Closer to Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Marijuana

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.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that some opponents are concerned the new ordinance would tarnish Orlando's family-friendly image. Supporters say minor pot arrests waste the time of police and courts and leave a harmful lasting impact on those arrested.

Under the ordinance, officers could still make arrests for small amounts of pot possession depending on the circumstances and the record of the offender.

Similar laws are also currently being considered in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, the City of Miami Beach, Marathon and Hallandale Beach

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