Pensacola mayoral candidate wants to minimize marijuana possession charges

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A Pensacola man running for mayor wants to de-prioritize marijuana within the city limits.

Drew Buchanan says if you are in possession of under twenty grams of marijuana, it should be a fine.

He says marijuana arrests are crowding the jails and he wants to free up resources for police.  

“Right now if you are pulled over or stopped on the street and you happen to have a small amount of marijuana, under twenty grams, you could be fined one thousand dollars or put in jail for a year,” Buchanan said.

David Mayo is also running for mayor. He does not agree with Buchanan.

“There’s a minute percentage of arrests that are made strictly on marijuana possession so it’s really not a significant problem by any means,” Mayo said.

Daniel Pecevich is a medical marijuana patient. He says he suffers from PTSD.

“It definitely should not be an offense for anyone using marijuana to have to do thirty days at the minimum or years of probation or anything for a plant that’s pretty much harmless.”

Candidate Grover Robinson says it should be up to residents to decide. 

News Five could not get in touch with candidate Lawrence Powell for his opinion. 

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