ORLANDO, Fla. - After a lot of discussion and a very close vote, Orlando city leaders voted to decriminalize marijuana possession in the city.
The 4-3 vote Monday afternoon approves an ordinance that would decriminalize possession of 20 grams of marijuana or less.
That means police can issue a fine instead of arresting those with small amounts of weed.
The City of Orlando made several changes to the ordinance as it was originally written.
The fines for possession changed from $50 for a first offense to $100, and from $100 for a second offense to $200.
Additionally, those found in possession of pot now have the option to do community service or attend a substance abuse education class, sponsored by Orlando timeshare mogul David Siegel.
The changes will take effect October 1st.