In many American cities these days the rationalization that marijuana is not the evil weed of the past is taking shape. Many cities have been decriminalizing marijuana simply because it has become more of an annoyance to the judicial system of that community.
Take for instance Tampa, Florida last year alone there were 1,900 cases of arrests for small amounts of marijuana. The crime at this time can lead to one year in prison or probation and up to a 1,000 dollar fine. It is classified as a first degree misdemeanor and it can scar a person for life. The new proposal is that if a person is found with 20 grams or less they will be fined 75 dollars and will receive drug counseling.
The Tampa City Council is looking to vote on this tomorrow and is simply wanting to follow in the footsteps of Miami/Dade county and Leon county in the decriminalization process.
In the 2016 election coming up this November Amendment 2 will once again be voted on, and it looks like this time it will pass. You may ask what is Amendment 2? It is the legalization of medical marijuana. It missed in 2014 by a mere 2% from becoming law, but that was an off year election. Right now in more than twenty States medical marijuana is legal. Recreational marijuana is legal in four States with many more coming in November. Yes, that's right, marijuana is not the big gateway drug that it was once considered. That's right, marijuana is no longer thought of as the evil weed of the past.
In recent studies marijuana has been seen as a help with cancer and AIDS patients. It has been shown to help with PTSD. It works extremely well with children who suffer from seizures due to epilepsy. So the city of Tampa is looking to get on the marijuana bandwagon and finally say enough is enough. Too long has the court system of the United States been bogged down with frivolous cases of simple possession.
Vote your conscious Tampa and realize marijuana is not the enemy. For information on the status of the legalization of medical marijuana in the State of Florida please go to forthepeople.com and United For Care.
By Christopher Granger - The Examiner/March 2, 2016
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