WHY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHOULD STOP CHARGING KIDS FOR POT POSSESSION

It looks like Hillsborough County is finally moving toward joining the rest of Florida’s countiesin making pot possession by a juvenile a non-criminal offense. I’ve written before arguing that Hillsborough County should expand its civil citation program, so I’m not going to belabor that point here.

The bottom line is that we need to be smarter about how we punish minor crimes, especially among juveniles and younger offenders. Hopefully Hillsborough County follows the rest of Florida.