Florida law enforcement arrests nearly 40,000 people a year for cannabis possession. It is the belief of most experts that all cannabis use is medicinal and therapeutic. This means 40,000 patients that use marijuana are being arrested every year in Florida for a small amount of cannabis that they use to self medicate.
Arresting people for cannabis possession has disastrous effects on family, community and small businesses. Incarcerating people for something they use to feel better disenfranchises them in a system that is already in the toilet as far as confidence is concerned. Luckily the state of Florida has a viable option to end the incarceration of human beings for a plant. State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith introduced legislation that will decriminalize cannabis statewide.
HB1203 is the bill introduced during the 2018 legislative session. This bill would eliminate the abilit for law enforcement to arrest people for possession of cannabis flower under 20g or concentrates under 5g. This is a huge advancement in criminal justice. Most of the so called “decriminalization” ordinances are actually an option to issue a civil citation. So far when given a chance to arrest or issue a ticket the minority communities of our state have been getting arrested. The racial injustice of cannabis prohibition has been allowed to ravage our state for too long.
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