Daytona Beach, FL – In an upcoming session, the Daytona Beach City Commission will vote on a measure that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a city code violation.
Currently, possession of marijuana under 20 grams and paraphernalia is a 1st-degree misdemeanor under state law.
If the ordinance is passed in Wednesdays meeting, a public hearing will be held on May 18.
In essence, marijuana violations will be treated like traffic offenses. It gives local law enforcement the option of a civil citation and a fine for those caught with less than 20 grams of marijuana. The fine money will remain in the hands of local government.
This motion is similar to one that was recently passed by the Volusia County Council, which only applied to the beach and those parts of the county that are unincorporated, all of which are patrolled by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
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