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St. Petersburg City Council delays vote on decrminalizing marijuana possession

Supporters of decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana possession in St. Petersburg will have to wait for at least three months.

The St. Petersburg City Council voted 8-0  Thursday to defer an ordinance that would have allowed officers to issue citations for the first three offenses of 20 grams or less of marijuana. The measure also covers other minor offenses like trespassing or petty theft,

Tampa passed a similar ordinance dealing with small-time pot possession in March,

St Petersburg police urged council members to wait for the creation of Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri's proposal to creatre a countywide diversion program, expected to be ready in three months.

Council member Karl Nurse and other member praised Council member Steve Kornell for pushing the measure. They said his advocacy as pushed the county to move more quickly with a diversion program.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2016 3:35pm]


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