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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

He commends Marijuana Decriminalization Proposal

Javier Gonzalez, candidate for the District 2 seat on the Miami City Commission, applauded a proposal introduced by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman and supported by the Miami-Dade Police Department that would allow police officers to fine individuals in possession of small amounts of marijuana rather than forcing them to face criminal charges.

“I stand along side the Miami-Dade Police Department and the members of the Miami-Dade City Commission who are willing to take a strong step in favor of sensible marijuana policy,” said Javier. “Miami-Dade County police officers serve our community and help keep our streets safe each and every day. I applaud the Miami-Dade Police Department for recognizing that individuals should not be thrown in jail simply for possessing small amounts of marijuana,” he said.

"Draconian marijuana laws disproportionately impact minority and indigent communities. I support meaningful marijuana policy reform because I believe all citizens ought to be treated equally under the law," he continued. “I urge local policymakers to support this measure and work with the Miami-Dade Police Department to ensure that – when it comes to individuals who engage in victimless, private marijuana use – our values are reflected in our response. As city commissioner, I’ll be a strong advocate of sensible marijuana policy and work to make sure police officers use their resources to protect our city from those who truly threaten public safety."

What do the other candidates feel about the Sally Heyman's proposal regarding the county and City of Miami? Email me and let us know.

Update: The ordinance passed.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weed is what the Grove needs. Really.

June 10, 2015 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sarnoff's support it and almost %60 of Florida voters as well ;)Miami is finally catching up to common sense measures. Way to go Sally Hellman!

June 10, 2015 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A candidate that champions the decriminalization of possessing small quantities of pot will certainly gain considerable favor with many District 2 constituents. Hopefully they will remember to vote on election day, when they are heading to their nearby Seven Eleven for some much needed munchies and rolling papers.

June 10, 2015 11:10 AM  
Blogger Terry Ferrer said...

In the near future, when it's established ingredients in the Marijauna plant are a cure for cancer and we could've had it decades ago, we'll go back, jail and prosecute the likes of fools like Harry Anslinger, Janet Reno, Rick Scott, et al, who championed and fought the abject, dismal "war on drugs." Mary Jane to the rescue!

June 10, 2015 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marijuana a cure for Cancer? It could be a pain relief, with less potency and less side effects than opiaceous at most! Please do not post fantasies !

June 10, 2015 3:13 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Morris said...

Thanks Javier Gonzalez for making very common sense stand on this issue. I agree and applaud the proposal as well.

June 10, 2015 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Bill Kunz said...

Mrs Sarnoff please clarify your position on this issue. I am very interested. Thank you

June 10, 2015 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hold on, just hold on a second Sally, "would allow police officers to fine individuals in possession of small amounts of marijuana"
Although we are moving in the right direction, this proposal means the police will be actually in the position of making money from weed which they were for years persecuting individuals for. This is an attempt to tax weed by the force of the badge and the barrel. If you want to raise money through taxation then do it the civilized way, as it is done in California, Colorado and Washington, not Banana Republic style.

June 10, 2015 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 11:44 PM, while what you are saying is true re: fines vs legalization, this is still a step in the right direction. Decriminalizing this will at least put less strain and cost on the court system prosecuting and filling jails over such a trivial matter.

June 11, 2015 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only Sally Heyman lived in City of Miami - District 2.

June 11, 2015 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Papa Sarnoff smoked pot, the Grove would be very different.

June 11, 2015 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing can fix him, he was damaged at conception

June 11, 2015 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marc Sarnoff and his wife share an extensive gun collection.

June 12, 2015 8:53 AM  
Blogger Seth Sklarey said...

I support Commissioner Sally Heyman's ordinance to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and I support the statewide initiative to allow medical marijuana.
Seth Sklarey
Candidate for Miami City Commission
District 2

June 14, 2015 9:23 PM  

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