UPDATE: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Discusses Possible Decriminalization of Marijuana Posession
The debate on whether or not marijuana should be legal in the state of Florida has been a hot topic. News today from City Hall has sparked interest with the possibility of Orlando making the possession of small amounts of marijuana no longer an arrest-able offense. The City Council will be meeting next week to consider an ordinance that would change the current Orlando marijuana law. The progressive change would make being caught with 20 grams of marijuana or less a violation of city code and a ticketed fine of just $50 for first time offenders. If the City Council passes the ordinance than Orlando could soon become the latest Florida city to effectively decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
Marijuana Ordinance Could Change Possession To Fine Not Felony
Under Orlando’s ordinance, second-time offenders would face a fine of $100. Any subsequent citations would require a court appearance.Mayor Buddy Dyer, who has scheduled a press conference tomorrow to discuss this new ordinance further with the public had this to say about the possible changes coming to Orlando which could take effect as soon as May 9th.
“I think, in this day and age, giving somebody a second chance … without establishing a criminal record helps improve their opportunities in the future,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Marijuana Decriminalization Press Conference
This morning Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer spoke in front of a crowd of media and citizens regarding the possible decriminalization of Marijuana in Orlando. The new ordinance which goes before the City Council on Monday will allow police officers to be more efficiently utilized. He made the point that most of the arrests made where because of youthful mistakes and that the new option would give first time offenders the chance to change without ruining their future. Having an arrest on your record makes it a challenge to get a job, join the military and obtain financial assistance. Police Chief John Mina spoke showing support for the decriminalization of Marijuana saying that it would give police officers the opportunity to be more effective in keeping the city safe from hardened criminals. The Racial Justice Committee spokesman stated that this was a positive first step that the city was taking to prevent racial profiling.