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Orlando decriminalizes small amounts of pot

Posted at 7:09 AM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 07:09:39-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Orlando city council members have approved a proposal to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://goo.gl/b3eKOK) reports that the measure passed by a 4-3 vote Monday. It will take effect in October.

The new law calls for a $100 fine for a first-time offense and a $200 fine for a second offense. A third offense, or more, would require a court appearance or a fine as high as $500. A previous version of the measure passed last month had called for only a $50 fine for a first-time offender.

The ordinance also includes a diversion program, which would allow offenders to perform community service or take a substance-abuse education class to avoid paying the fine.

Orlando joins several other Florida cities and counties in decriminalizing marijuana.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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