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Old 12-28-2015, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Florida
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As a resident in the area, and an opponent to pot legalization, I am ok with this. There is no reason to put pot smokers to jail and create a criminal record for them, which makes it impossible for them to find a job. Give them a ticket, and let them go. No need to legalize it.

Broward County Commission passes marijuana ordinance


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Broward County Commission approved a marijuana ordinance Tuesday, as a public hearing was held to discuss options that could keep those caught with small amounts of marijuana from going to jail.

Under the ordinance, which is similar to ordinances in Miami-Dade County and Key West, police officers will have the option of issuing a $150 civil citation to someone caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana instead of filing a misdemeanor criminal charge against that person.

A $250 citation would be given for a second offense and a $500 citation for a third offense. Violators would also have to complete an assessment/treatment plan.

"We're not condoning the use of marijuana. We're not encouraging it," said Vice Mayor Marty Kiar, who brought the issue forward. "The reason this is important is because an arrest can ruin people's lives. The vast majority aren't convicted, yet once arrested a person can lose their job, be denied housing (and) lose their income. Many people who are arrested are working hard to make ends meet, and a civil citation won't derail their lives."
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:54 PM
 
Location: planet octupulous is nearing earths atmosphere
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better than the status quo.. but it sucks over all..
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Old 12-28-2015, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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Baby steps.
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Old 12-28-2015, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Palo Alto
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What about this reason: it's against federal law.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Places you dream of
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Don't care what states, cities and counties do.... It's the feds that rule. Time for congress to act already.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Don't care what states, cities and counties do.... It's the feds that rule. Time for congress to act already.
It would be nice. This is another reason the GOP cannot win the 2016 election. They are all anti-legalization, and it will be another decade before it happens.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Don't care what states, cities and counties do.... It's the feds that rule. Time for congress to act already.
Act? That's a tall order with this Congress.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Texas
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As a resident in the area, and an opponent to pot legalization, I am ok with this. There is no reason to put pot smokers to jail and create a criminal record for them, which makes it impossible for them to find a job. Give them a ticket, and let them go. No need to legalize it.

Broward County Commission passes marijuana ordinance


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Broward County Commission approved a marijuana ordinance Tuesday, as a public hearing was held to discuss options that could keep those caught with small amounts of marijuana from going to jail.

Under the ordinance, which is similar to ordinances in Miami-Dade County and Key West, police officers will have the option of issuing a $150 civil citation to someone caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana instead of filing a misdemeanor criminal charge against that person.

A $250 citation would be given for a second offense and a $500 citation for a third offense. Violators would also have to complete an assessment/treatment plan.

"We're not condoning the use of marijuana. We're not encouraging it," said Vice Mayor Marty Kiar, who brought the issue forward. "The reason this is important is because an arrest can ruin people's lives. The vast majority aren't convicted, yet once arrested a person can lose their job, be denied housing (and) lose their income. Many people who are arrested are working hard to make ends meet, and a civil citation won't derail their lives."
Look at you coming around.
Check out the Redeem Act by Rand Paul and Corey Booker. It says the same thing that your last paragraph says.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Look at you coming around.
Check out the Redeem Act by Rand Paul and Corey Booker. It says the same thing that your last paragraph says.
No, I have always maintained we do not need to legalize it, when we can just change (reduce) the penalties for it.
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Old 12-28-2015, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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Congress approved a law in the recent spending bill stripping the Federal government of the ability to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries that are approved by a popular statewide vote. One of the bills lead sponsors was Rep. Dana Rohrbach (R-CA.)
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