Decriminalizing Marijuana in Cocoa Beach!?
The city is going crazy over Mayor Ben Malik’s idea to decriminalize marijuana in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
The Mayor recently quoted at a Cocoa Beach City Commission meeting as saying, “I would like us to look at what other Florida cities have done, and counties, in terms of decriminalization of marijuana.” Malik stated, “We spend an inordinate amount of resources on a very low-level crime.” “I don’t want to preclude the police from probable cause.”
In other words, Malik believes we should be spending our resources on criminals that could be a major threat to our areas as opposed to marijuana.
In 2014, the city setup legalized pot sales zones under former Mayor Netterstrom.
Cocoa Beach Pot Sale Zones:
Learn more about the Florida Marijuana History:
- On June 19th, 2014, the Cocoa Beach City Commission approved a medical marijuana ordinance by a vote of 4-1.
- In 2016, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing the use of medical marijuana.
- In 2017, the Florida Legislature passed laws banning the sale of smokable marijuana.
- Just last month, a Circuit Court Judge ruled that those laws are unconstitutional. However, that ruling has been stayed because the Florida Department of Health appealed the decision.
Here’s what others think about decriminalizing marijuana:
I’m urging you all to contact Governor Scott’s office directly at 850-488-7146, message him at https://t.co/4PAFGCTyWV, tweet him @FLGovScott and tell him to drop HIS appeal! pic.twitter.com/1U5XCitGWF
Check out some comments received on our local Facebook group, Wake Up Cocoa Beach!
Jeanne Edwards Such a waste of time money and space for something that makes people so happy calm and feel better
Carol Manning Read Malik 2020!! Wish our federal government would get with this program and fix our broken system. Prison should be for criminals that are a danger to society.
Ken Kazmerski Yesterday Oklahoma legalized medical marijuana by a vote of 57% to 43%.
John Knight Although like many people I was young once, I have absolutely no desire to personally take advantage of decriminalization. I strongly support mayor Malik on this issue solely from the perspective of how to use our limited resources. If it helps you catch someone who committed other crimes, awesome. I like that compromise.
Trebnor Engels Seems like such a waste of time and effort to try to decriminalize something that we all agree should be legal.
Randy N Annette I believe the older generation is dying off. Even my 87 yr. old Re-con Marine Pop says their is nothing wrong with marijuana except that it is illegal.
Scooter Newell The Devil’s Lettuce!
What are your thoughts about decriminalizing marijuana? Comment below!
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