Marijuana Decriminalized in Miami-Dade
The new ordinance allows for tickets instead of arrests.
The Miami-Dade County Commissioners in Florida passed an ordinance allowing police officers the discretion to issue a civil citation for less than 20 grams of marijuana.
Urged by local law enforcement the measure passed 10-3.
Offenders can still be arrested and face up to once year in jail. But if they are issued the new ticket they will receive a $100 fine and two days of community service.
The new procedure goes into effect in 10 days.
Miami-Dade is the most populous county in the Sunshine State with almost 2.5 million people.