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Friday, January 5, 2018

Orlando Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith refiles bill to decriminalize marijuana in Florida

Posted By on Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 5:35 PM

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Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando), a man not afraid to wear a pair of weed sox, has re-filed legislation to overhaul Florida's incredibly dated marijuana laws.

The bill, HB1203, would re-categorize misdemeanor criminal offenses for minor possession of marijuana (20 grams or less) as non-criminal civil violations.



So basically, instead of getting up to a year in jail or a fine of $1,000, anyone with 20 grams or less would no longer be subject to arrest, and instead would face no more than a $100 fine, or 15 hours of community service. Minors could face up to 15 hours of community service, and have to do a drug awareness program.

"It's time for FL to STOP arresting 39,706 Floridians per year just for smoking weed. Proud to lead the charge on statewide cannabis decriminalization w/this legislation two years in a row!" said Smith in a tweet.

The same bill will be filed by Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) in the Senate.

The 2018 regular legislative session will begin  Jan. 9.

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