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Tampa City Council OKs decriminalization of pot possession

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Following in the footsteps of other localities around the state and the country, the Tampa City Council has approved on first reading a proposal to reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The measure passed by a 6-1 vote on Thursday, with Council member Charlie Miranda, the lone dissenter. The proposal calls for a $75 fine for people found in possession of fewer than 20 grams of weed. A second offense would raise the fine to $150,…

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Bid to legalize recreational marijuana will NOT make it on 2016 ballot in Florida

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Regulate Florida, the group aiming to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in Florida in 2016 that would legalize recreational pot, is ending their campaign, admitting that they will not be able to get the more than 683,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot by next February. That news was related to supporters on Wednesday day night via a conference call by Michael Minardi, the Jupiter-based attorney and campaign manager for Regulate Florida. “The reality is showing us that we’re…

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