Florida Bill Would Decriminalize Marijuana Possession, Take Step Toward Nullifying Federal Prohibtion

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Florida House would decriminalize marijuana possession. Passage into law would take a step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state.

Introduced by Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando), House Bill 1203 (H1203) would make possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana a “civil violation… [to] be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $100.” Underage offenders would be “ordered to complete up to 15 hours of community service, a drug awareness program, or both.”

The law would also ban any recourse being taken against marijuana offenders in the state by government officials. It reads as follows:

Possession of a personal use quantity of cannabis or a cannabis accessory, or the presence of cannabinoids or cannabinoid metabolites in the urine, blood, sweat, hair, fingernails, toenails, or other tissue or fluid of the human body, or a conviction, citation, admission, or plea bargain thereof, does not constitute grounds for denying a person student financial aid, public housing, or any other form of public financial assistance, including unemployment benefits; denying a person the right to operate a motor vehicle; or disqualifying a person from serving

Read more at The Tenth Amendment Center
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