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Ken Burke forms marijuana civil citation task force

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Pinellas County Clerk of the Court Ken Burke appears to have taken an unexpected interest in a countywide effort to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense rather than criminal. During a Pinellas County Commission meeting this month, Burke briefly weighed in on the issue saying the proposition being discussed may not be consistent with other minor offenses considered a misdemeanor. He listed open container laws as an example, asking whether that would still be a criminal…

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St. Pete City Council takes first step in adopting civil citation program for marijuana offenders

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A St. Pete City Council committee unanimously approved taking a closer look at implementing a civil citation program for adult marijuana offenders. The ordinance would likely apply to individuals over the age of 18 caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana. State legislation already provides a similar provision for juveniles. Instead of being charged with a misdemeanor, the offenders would be given a citation. For those who couldn’t afford the ticket, a community service option would also likely be…

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Miami-Dade set to consider marijuana civil citation program

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Getting thrown in jail for possessing pot in Miami-Dade County could soon be a thing of the past. A County Commission committee is set to consider a proposal that would give law enforcement the option to issue a civil citation rather than slap marijuana-users with a criminal charge. The plan has support from the Miami-Dade Police Department. The agency even helped craft the proposal. “This gives the option to go with a citation for those individuals that may have no…

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