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Orlando considers decriminalizing small amounts of pot

Posted at 12:33 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 10:32:33-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Orlando city council members are considering decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The council will consider a measure on Monday that would give police officers the option of issuing civil fines instead of making arrests for possession of 20 grams of marijuana or less.

The fines would be for $50 for first-time offenders.

Second-time offenders would face fines of $100.

Orlando joins the ranks of other municipalities in Florida that have already decriminalized small amounts of marijuana.