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Leon County commissioners look into reducing crime for marijuana possession

Those caught with small amount of marijuana could be given a citation
Posted at 5:52 AM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 21:31:21-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County commissioners tackled marijuana Tuesday night particularly, the laws surrounding it.

They're looking into reducing the crime for people caught with a small amount of weed.

"I think it is our responsibility to have an ordinance on the books that could be accessed by any of our law enforcement agencies if they choose moving forward," said Commissioner Kristin Dozier.

Leon County Commission discussing an ordinance, allowing those with small amounts of marijuana to be given a civil citation, instead of being charged with a misdemeanor at the officer's discretion.

County Attorney Herbert W. A. Thiele says the ordinance does not negate the fact that marijuana possession is still illegal in Florida.

"It does not decriminalize possession of marijuana those are still there in state statute and in the federal statute," said Thiele.

The commission voted 3 to 3 without the vote of Commissioner Proctor, who was absent from the meeting.

Those who attended are not happy about the outcome.

"I think that the decision today was a little disappointing," said Ryan Terrell.

A motion was requested for the item to be revisited.

Commissioner Dozier says she believes this is something needed in Leon County.

"I think it is worth it and I think this is moving in the right direction," said Dozier.

The commission will vote again at their November 18 meeting.