22 Oct Miami Beach Bans the Smoking of Marijuana and Hemp in Public
The State of Florida legalized the use of hemp on July 1st of this year. In the past three-month High CBD Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Hemp Flower has become very popular in Florida. It looks and smells just like marijuana. The only difference is cannabinoid ratios. There are many benefits to the use of PCR Hemp Flower but getting high is not one of them. PCR Hemp Flower doesn’t get you high because it is high in CBD and low in the intoxicating cannabinoid Delta-9 THC.
Because of the legalization of hemp, the Miami Dade State attorney recently made a statement saying Miami Police will no longer seek out misdemeanor cannabis offenses. Stating the department doesn’t have the resources to accurately test the difference between cannabis and PCR Rich Hemp flower. In a way the legalization of hemp led to the tolerance of cannabis in Miami Dade county.
Nevertheless, the City of Miami Beach passed a municipal ordinance when the city commissioners voted to outlaw public smoking of marijuana and hemp. Under the new law, anyone observed smoking cannabis or hemp in public will be subject to a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in county jail. Police Chief Rick Clements recently informed county commissioners that Miami Beach Police are instructed to treat cannabis consumption like an open-container violation. He then informed commissioners that the police on Miami Beach typically, on “high impact weekends” police will go up to an open container violation and tell them to pour out the alcohol to avoid more of an incident.
Capt. Daniel Morgalo of the Miami Beach PD told commissioners that, since the State Attorney office statement about no longer going after misdemeanor cannabis arrests, public consumption has been on the rise. To illustrate the need for the new city law, he told an anecdote of a gentlemen standing on top of a police car smoking marijuana.
“We would not have a mechanism in place at this point to deal with this specific type of behavior.”Capt. Daniel Morgalo – Miami New Times
Apparently standing on top of police cars is not illegal in Miami Beach and we at Chillum CBD would like to urge the Commissioners of the City of Miami Beach to pass an ordinance banning the standing on top of police cars. Rather than spending taxpayers money on the banning of the public use of a plant that has proven time and time again to have no negative effects and overwhelming amount of benefits.