Mayor signs new Tampa pot ordinance

- Mayor Bob Buckhorn has signed a new marijuana ordinance for the city.

The ordinance effectively decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana.  It was approved by the city council last week in a 5-to-1 vote.

Tampa police officers now have the option of imposing a civil fine instead of arresting offenders caught with up to 20 grams of pot.  That's about three-fourths of an ounce.

Fines start at $75 and go up with each offense.

The program could start next month.

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