COCOA BEACH, Florida – Mayor Ben Malik wants to decriminalize marijuana in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
“I would like us to look at what other Florida cities have done, and counties, in terms of decriminalization of marijuana,” Malik said during a Cocoa Beach City Commission meeting last week.
“We spend an inordinate amount of resources on a very low level crime.”
“I don’t want to preclude the police from probable cause,” Malik said as he turned toward Cocoa Beach Chief of Police Scott Rosenfeld.
“Chief, we’ve talked about this. Obviously, if that is the reason they pulled you over, and you’re a convicted felon, and you got weapons and other things, you’re going to jail.”
“But if that [marijuana] is all you got, let’s spend our resources on violent criminals instead of this.”
In 2016, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing the use of medical marijuana.
But 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.