Miami-Dade To Stop Prosecuting Minor Marijuana Cases Due To State’s Legalization Of Hemp

BEFORE THE SHOWERS AND STORMS DEVELOP. THIS WILL CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. A MAJOR POLICY SHIFT TONIGHT BY THE MIAMI-DADE CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. FOR NOW AT LEAST THEY WILL NO LONGER PROSECUTE MINOR MARIJUANA CASES. IT IS ALL BECAUSE OF A NEW LAW REGARDING HIM IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. TY RUSSELL IS LIVE AT THE STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. Reporter: THE MIAMI-DADE STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE CITED A NEW STATE LAW AS WELL AS THE COST FOR LAB TESTING AS TWO KEY REASONS THAT THEY ARE NO LONGER GOING AFTER MINOR MARIJUANA CASES. THEY ARE NOT PROSECUTING THE CASES, INCLUDING 20 GRAMS OR LESS. IN A HURDLE THAT WE HAVE AFFECTS ALL PROSECUTIONS. THE DECISION STARTED ON JULY 1 AFTER STATE LAW MADE THE POSSESSION OF LEGAL. HEMP HAS A SMALL AMOUNT OF THC. THAT IS DEFINED AS CANNABIS WITH THC .3% OR BELOW. FORMIC STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SAID THE MIAMI-DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT HAVE ALLOWED TO TEST PERCENTAGE. THEY NOW NEED TO GO TO A FACILITY LICENSED BY THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY. THEY MUST FOOT THE BILL FOR EACH TEST. THE STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR AN OUTSIDE EXPERT WITNESS. PROSECUTORS BELIEVE THE POLICE LAB WILL BE UP AND RUNNING IN 3- 6 MONTHS. WHILE IT SEEMS THE DECISION IS TEMPORARY, A SPOKESPERSON WOULDN’T CLARIFY. THIS IS NOT LEGALIZING MARIJUANA IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. THIS IS JUST AN IMPEDIMENT TO IMPROVE THE CASES. EXECUTORS ALSO GIVE ADVICE, THEY ENCOURAGE OFFICERS TO GET A LAB TEST BEFORE AN ARREST. IF AN ARREST IS MADE, THEY WANT OFFICERS TO NOT JUST RELY ON THE SMELL SINCE HEMP AND MARIJUANA HAVE THE SAME ORDER. WITH FOR FIREARMS, LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. Reporter: OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE STATE HAVE BEEN REACTING TO

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  1. People have been using marijuana since forever. I know I was alive in the 60s. About time they changed the laws!

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