Hillsborough May Ease Marijuana Law For Juveniles

FLORIDA:  Hillsborough County is moving tentatively toward making possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil instead of criminal offense for minors.

The county’s Juvenile Justice Board agreed recently to appoint a subcommittee to study adding misdemeanor pot possession to a list of offenses eligible for civil citations. If all members of the committee agree, a pilot program will begin in public schools in late August.

Though only a partial step, the board’s decision to at least explore including drug offenses in the civil citation program contrasts sharply from the last time the issue came up and was opposed by the sheriff’s and state attorney’s offices.