Change is coming to the drug laws in one of Florida’s biggest counties.
The Broward County Commission just voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
Police officers now have the option to give out a ticket instead of arresting people that are stopped with a marijuana possession charge. First offense would carry a $100 fine, second offense would carry a $250 fine and a third offense would mean a $500 fine and a mandatory assessment of the lifestyle of the offender. There is a three citation max.
More to come. Stay with Rise News.
#Broward Comm pass pot possession law. Cops can give ticket rather than arrest. 1st $100. 2nd $250. 3rd $500 w mandatory assessment.
— Broward Commission (@browardinfo) November 10, 2015
Unanimous vote to lower penalties for pot possession, with THREE citation max, and drug assessment on third citation. Done deal / Britt — Broward Politics (@browardpolitics) November 10, 2015
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Friday November 13th- In their 6th year, The Lucky Rice Festival captures their obsession with Asian food culture through feats, festive dinners and gastronomic gatherings in six cities across the US. Lucky Rice Miami will transform the Raleigh Hotel Pool and Oasis on Miami Beach into an international bazaar where Asian-meets-Latino bites and globally spirited Bombay Sapphire® East cocktails will spill out onto the beachfront oasis. Featured restaurants include La Mar by Gaston Acurio,SUGARCANE Raw bar grill, SUSHISAMBA, Ortanique on the Mile, Alter, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Phuc Yea. Tickets are $150 VIP and $88 GA and available online at http://luckyrice.com/event/miami-feast/
Saturday November 14th– The Wynwood Yard , a hub for Miami’s most talented food and beverage entrepreneurs to introduce innovative culinary concepts to the community, celebrates its Grand Opening with a Garden Party on Saturday, Nov. 14th from 7:30-10:30 pm. Located on Lots 56, 64, AND 70 NW 29th Street, take a promenade through the home-grown garden with hand-made flower crowns on-site, delight in the on-site food concepts featuring: Myumi & Della’s Test Kitchen featuring live chef demos, as you sip the craft cocktails and resident drafts brews at the eco-friendly bar concept created by Chef and beverage guru, Ken Lyon. Enjoy a special live performance by Elastic Bond and intimate moments of multi-sensory pleasure with Alma Dance Theater. Tickets are FREE and on Eventbrite and pre-registration is encouraged to insure admittance. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wynwood-yard-garden-party-grand-opening-tickets-19192255553
Sunday November 15th– Chef Jeremiah hosts his notorious P.I.G 6 Pork Is Good event from 3 pm- 7 pm at Gastropod at 160 NW 26th St. in Wynwood. Tickets are $50 pp and include no less that 10 top chefs cooking up their versions of porktastic dishes, plus cocktails and more. Tickets available https://gastropod.tocktix.com/#/home
Monday November 16th – From 7:30-10:30pm, Boxelder Wynwood hosts their second in the series ‘Pairings’. This pairing presents a Brewer and Chef whose unique styles happen to compliment each other perfectly – Michael Demetrus / M.I.A. Brewing and Steve Santana / Taquiza. The dinner will consist of six courses, each perfectly paired with a unique beer. We are extremely happy to be unveiling five beers from M.I.A. that have yet to see the outside of the brewhouse. Following the interactive Pairings format, the dinner is limited to 25 seats – all front row seats at the bar of Boxelder. Steve will be behind the bar with his crew preparing and serving each course, and while Michael’s work is done beforehand, he will be right there with Steve Tickets at $75 and available on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mia-taquiza-pairing-tickets-19456221081 Boxelder Craft Beer Market – 2825 Northwest 2nd Avenue. UNIT C. Miami, FL 33127
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