September 16, 2015 west palm beach marijuana

Florida City Decriminalizes Marijuana — But Not Really

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Police in the city of West Palm Beach now have the option of issuing civil citations for minor marijuana offenses instead of hauling offenders to jail due to a new ordinance passed by the city council last Thursday.

Juveniles, felons, or offenders that are on probation or with DUI records won’t be allowed to skip a trip to jail, but others caught with under an ounce of marijuana may, at the officer’s discretion, be issued a citation and have to pay a $100 civil fine.

Juvenile offenders will still be arrested, but will be given the option to enter a program for first offenders. Once they complete the program the juvenile’s criminal record will be wiped clean and copies of their fingerprints destroyed.

In response to concerns that allowing police to use their discretion to decide who is a criminal and who is not, Mayor Jeri Muoio said the commission would review the results of the ordinance after six months.

Statistics from police in Miami Beach, which passed a similar ordinance, show that processing an arrest for possession of marijuana costs tax payers five times as much as issuing a citation.

Mark Schneider, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Palm Beach County, last month hailed the ordinance as “a small but significant step in reducing the harm” done by marijuana arrests.

2 thoughts on “Florida City Decriminalizes Marijuana — But Not Really

  1. This is gay. Juvenile records do nothing in florida to an adult. When i was a juvenile I would have told you to shove your program up your ass and stayed with the record because we all know it doesnt effect your adult life. This is just stupid and is not changing anything here

    1. Gay? Is the law all of a sudden, a human being, who loves another human being, of the same sex? You, sir, are an idiot. You could have used SO many other adjectives to describe your negative feelings towards the law… stupid, illegitimate, unaccommodating, dumb, foolish, futile. But, GAY? Nope, not that one. Your using that word to describe the way you feel about something, anything, anything AT ALL, besides another human being, deserving of the title of being “gay”…only shows how lacking you are of intelligence and any common sense, whatsoever. Once again, you, sir, are an idiot.

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