Hallandale Beach Decriminalizes Marijuana Possesion

FLORIDA:  Hallandale Beach is officially the first city in Broward County that will punish marijuana violations with a fine instead of an arrest.

On Wednesday night, Hallandale Beach Commissioners unanimously approved a new measure that will make marijuana possession a civil offense rather than a criminal one. Anyone caught with 20 grams of pot or less will be fined $100 rather than be arrested.

The law is expected to go into effect on September 19. In the meantime, the Hallandale Beach Police Department will train officers on how the new measure works. Hallandale Beach follows Miami-Dade’s footsteps in passing the measure. In July, Miami-Dade passed a measure that will allow Miami cops the option to issue a citation to anyone caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana. Miami-Dade’s new law will also fine a person $100 rather than arresting them.


Keys Might Follow Miami-Dade With Citations For Minor Pot Offenses

FLORIDA:  Possessing small amounts of marijuana largely becomes a civil infraction — basically a traffic ticket — in Miami-Dade County by this weekend.

On July 15, Monroe County commissioners will discuss whether to follow Miami-Dade’s lead.

Commissioner George Neugent put the question on the board’s agenda for its Key West meeting at the Harvey Government Center on Truman Avenue.

He forwarded an ordinance passed on a 10-3 vote by Miami-Dade commissioners June 30 that apparently will result in $100 civil fines for most minor cases of marijuana possession.


Broward Could Approve Fines For Marijuana In The Coming Weeks

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.