The Broward State Attorney’s Office announced that it will only prosecute cases of marijuana possession if it is more than 3 grams. The decision is in an effort to reduce how many drug prosecutions there are in the county. So far, it looks like it will only apply to new cases.
It’s noted that 2 grams is needed to have a sample tested to ensure it’s really marijuana, so if someone possesses that amount or less, there is nothing left for “evidence,” according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Assistant State Attorney Jeff Marcus said, “We are requiring a three-gram minimum net weight for the prosecution of all misdemeanor cannabis cases.”
Diversion programs and other alternative options are expected to be given to those that possess smaller amounts of marijuana.
Defense Lawyer Joseph Kimok said, “These offenses should not be prosecuted at all. These are people whose lives are being affected forever for the most minor infractions. There are better ways to handle the issue.”