Because marijuana is not legal on a federal level in the United States, individual states are having to decriminalize cannabis at either the state level or by individual cities one at a time. Florida is looking to legalize medical marijuana in 2016, but is not looking to implement a recreational marijuana program.
Because of this, Tampa has taken it upon themselves to decriminalize the possession and consumption of cannabis within the city limits. Individuals caught in possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis in Tampa will no longer face incarceration, but rather will face a civil fine that starts at $75 with the first offense and increases with each offense after that.
This change is expected to go into effect in the next few weeks as long as it receives the same support it did during the first vote. If passed, this change is expected to have a large impact on the justice system within the city. Congratulations Tampa on taking a step towards marijuana legalization and making a statement that will hopefully influence other cities within Florida and across the United States to do the same.