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Proposed Pot Possession Change Clears 1st Hurdle In Broward

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — Broward County took the first step towards changing marijuana possession laws Tuesday after commissioners approved an ordinance to allow law enforcement the option of issuing a citation to someone found to have 20 grams or less of marijuana.

A public hearing and final vote will take place November 10th. The proposed civil fine is $100 for the first offense and $250 for repeat violations. The fine could be waived for community service.

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Under the county proposal, civil citations wouldn't be allowed if marijuana is found in conjunction with other crimes.

Current Florida law makes misdemeanor marijuana possession punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Cities in Broward would be able to opt out if they choose. Miami-Dade County approved a similar ordinance earlier this year.

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