MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – People caught with small amounts of marijuana will no longer face arrest in the City of Miami Beach.READ MORE: COVID-19 Testing Site Finder
By a vote of 5-0, the city’s commission approved a local marijuana ordinance on Wednesday.
Under the ordinance, which goes into effect in 10 day, people caught with under 20 grams of marijuana will be given a civil fine of $100 instead of facing arrest.READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccine Site Finder
The city’s ordinance is similar to one being considered by Miami-Dade County, which would give police the option of issuing a civil citation rather than making an arrest.
The issue of whether police should spend their time making arrests over small amounts of marijuana was the focus of a recent CBS4 News Investigation – Race Matters: Policing By The Numbers. The series noted how an arrest, even for a misdemeanor like marijuana possession, can have a serious effect on a person’s future.MORE NEWS: Hollywood Looks To Tighten Animal Abuse Laws
Critics of the current law also claim marijuana arrests disproportionately affect blacks.