Miami To Decriminalize Cannabis

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Miami cops are advocating to decriminalize marijuana possession instead of arresting and threatening with a year of jail-time.  County Commissioner Sally Heyman is sponsoring the plan that if passed, will allow officers issue a civil citation to someone carrying less than 20 grams of marijuana.  Currently, officers have the option not to arrest someone for small marijuana possession, but the misdemeanor charge would still bring a requirement to appear in criminal court.  Decriminalizing marijuana will keep these small infractions from reaching criminal system. 

Juan Perez, deputy director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, said, “We helped draft and support this effort as a discretionary option for misdemeanor marijuana.  This gives the option to go with a citation for those individuals that may have no record, or only a minor criminal history, [and] stay out of the criminal justice system.”

The proposal will go before the commission’s Metropolitan Services Committee today and if passed, the 13-member commission will further work on the matter in the summer.