Democratic state Rep. Shevrin Jones of Florida introduced a bill in the legislature on Monday that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Under the measure, House Bill 25 (HB 25), possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana or cannabis products containing up to 600 milligrams of THC would no longer be a criminal offense.
Currently, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis is considered a first-degree misdemeanor subject to up to one year in jail or one year of probation and a $1,000 fine. Under Jones’ plan, such offenses would be a noncriminal violation subject to a fine of up to $500.
Legislator Hopes Bill Will ‘Restore Justice’
Jones, who represents a district including parts of Broward County, said in a tweet announcing the bill that HB 25 would end the injustice of overcriminalization and address the racial inequality prevalent in the enforcement of drug laws in the United States.
“We must restore justice to our broken criminal justice system,” Jones said. “For far too long, communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana, and we must end this injustice once and for all.”
Jones noted that convictions for minor marijuana offenses carry