Published on June 18th, 2015 | by News Feed
Marijuana Possession Could Soon Be A Mere Citation In Miami
State and federal government attempting to remove marijuana from the populace have wasted billions of dollars and thousands of lives. Thankfully the Miami-Dade police are now on the side of the majority of the people they are sworn to protect and serve. The police are backing a new proposal that would make possession of marijuana a citation offense and not an arresting offense. The move would save millions of dollars and countless hours. It would also free the police to focus on more serious crime.
The new proposal is very clear. According to the language anyone found possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana would be subject to a $100 fine. There would be no arrest and there would be no requirement to stand before a judge. Not only will it save millions of dollars but it would also serve to protect innocent people that have done nothing wrong except smoke a joint. That is why County Commissioner Sally Heyman is sponsoring the new proposal.
“It allows us to give someone a break,” said Heyman. “It doesn’t destroy somebody’s life because they smoked a joint at a concert, or had a pipe in their pocket.”
The current law in Florida requires that any and all possession charges be met wit ha misdemeanor arrest. Further, the individual is then forced to stand before a judge. The entire process takes weeks if not months to unfold and it costs millions of dollars every year.
However Florida law does stand in the way of a cut and dry proposal. Florida law already gives officers the option to not arrest but it does not prevent the misdemeanor charge. The other hurdle in this case is the fact that officers will only be allowed to write a citation for individuals who have no lengthy criminal record.
“We helped draft and support this effort as a discretionary option for misdemeanor marijuana,” Juan Perez, deputy director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, told the Herald. “This gives the option to go with a citation for those individuals that may have no record, or only a minor criminal history, [and] stay out of the criminal justice system.”
Metropolitan Services is expected to hear the new proposal on Wednesday. They will then move from the initial hearing to a debate period. It is unclear if the measure will gain any steam during this time. The final say will come down to Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
What are your thoughts about this new proposal? Arresting people for possessing marijuana has long been a bone of contention for many. How does this sit with you?