Target: Orlando City Commissioners Samuel Ings, Jim Gray and Tony Ortiz
Goal: Decriminalize marijuana in the city of Orlando to help end the mass incarceration of non-violent offenders.
The city council of Orlando, Florida could soon decriminalize marijuana, making the possession of 20 grams (about two-thirds of an ounce) or less a violation of city code carrying just a $50 fine for first-time offenders. The city’s commissioners recently voted 4-3 to approve the ordinance and will be taking a final vote in a couple weeks.
The commissioners who voted against the ordinance include commissioners Samuel Ings, Jim Gray and Tony Ortiz. Orlando police Chief John Mina and Orlando Buddy Dyer both approve of the ordinance, especially because its policies are aligned with those of other local governments that have recently moved to decriminalize marijuana.
The public debate over marijuana legalization has become mainstream and garnered much more support in favor of legalizing the drug in recent years. These officials don’t just have an obligation to serve in favor of public opinion, but to enact beneficial legislation such as this which puts less people behind bars. Urge the remaining commissioners to support this ordinance and decriminalize marijuana.
Dear Commissioners Ings, Gray and Ortiz,
The Orlando City Council is currently voting on an ordinance that would essentially decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. A plethora of information has been released in recent years not only showing the medical benefits of marijuana, but the long lasting and damaging effects of the war on drugs.
Numerous other cities have aligned with public opinion in favor of decriminalizing marijuana and even going so far as to legalize it. Orlando needs to step up to the plate in supporting legislation that puts fewer people behind bars for unjust reasons. I urge you to support this ordinance and decriminalize marijuana in Orlando.
[Your Name Here]
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