Miami Beach Cracks Down on Marijuana Use

marijuana-300x200After Florida made hemp legal back in July of this year, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office made the announcement it would cease prosecuting most minor marijuana charges since the substance is almost identical from hemp.

Even with these developments, Miami Beach recently passed an ordinance banning people from getting the urge to smoke weed or hemp in public. Florida’s ACLU had criticized the new restrictions, saying that the law could have a disproportionate impact on children and people of color. The group argued that making the offense a felony was unnecessarily harsh as the city could dissuade people from public smoking just as easily with a civilian warning system.

Despite the concerns, Miami Beach has proceeded with the ban. With the new law, anyone seen smoking cannabis, hemp, or marijuana on a public right-of-way may receive a fine of up to $500 and a maximum of sixty days in county jail.

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