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Florida Representative Dotie Joseph (D) recently submitted a legislative proposal “Collateral Consequences of Convictions and Decriminalization of Cannabis and All Drugs,” with the goal of decriminalizing all currently illegal drugs, Marijuana Moment reported. .
Under the bill, anyone with a criminal record for past cannabis offenses would be eligible for automatic deregistration within one year, as arrest and possession of cannabis up to one ounce would be considered as a non-criminal violation punishable by a fine of $ 50, instead of a misdemeanor. Delivery of marijuana up to an ounce will be treated the same.
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Why this bill, why now
The proposal “seeks to prioritize health rehabilitation interventions over the criminalization of personal use of controlled substances including, but not limited to stimulants, including cocaine, methamphetamine, opioids. , heroin, fentanyl, depressants or benzodiazepines, and other controlled substances causing dependence ”.
In addition, the bill notes that offenses “associated with personal use and possession of controlled substances that do not involve the production, distribution or sale will be decriminalized in favor of civil fines and removals for prosecution. drug addiction detox ”.
The purpose of the bill is to promote the health and public safety of Florida residents and to use the proceeds to support education, improve drug prevention and treatment, among others.
The legislation also requires the Florida Department of Health to research “more effective ways of dealing with drug addiction instead of criminalizing.”