Tampa Sets Date to Vote on Marijuana Penalties

Tampa could soon become the next city in Florida to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

In a push to decriminalize the posession of small amounts of marijuana in Tampa, on Thursday city council members decided on a date to vote on the issue.

The legal department has drafted an ordinance that would give civil citations to people who are caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana. Fines would start at $75 and must be paid within 30 days to prevent court proceedings. The person would also have to go to drug counseling. If a person has more than four citations, that will also trigger court proceedings.

A group of mothers in support of decriminalizing marijuana made a case against the current rules which they say are too harsh.

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