FLORIDA: With Miami-Dade taking the first step in making it a civil offense for anyone caught with marijuana this week, Broward County Commissioner Martin Kiar is confident Broward isn’t far behind. The new measure, passed Tuesday, will allow Miami cops to issue a citation to anyone caught with 20 grams of pot or less. The person cited will also have to pay a 100 fine. This, instead of jail time and a permanent record, is looking to become the new alternative in all of South Florida.
“I give Miami-Dade a lot of credit,” Kiar tells New Times. “I had no idea we had the authority as commissioners to do this until Miami stepped up and did it.”
Kiar says the idea had come to him in the past, mainly because he has seen and known of “good people” unable to shake off the stigma that comes from having a pot arrest on your permanent record.