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After hearing a report from their police chief today on why marijuana decriminalization is a bad idea, Lakeland city commissioners this morning decided to hold a public workshop to hear from all sides.

A date and place has not been set, but City Manager Tony Delgado said it would probably be held after work hours so that more people can attend.

The commission split 4-3 in deciding to proceed by setting a public meeting. Voting to proceed were Commissioners Jim Malless, Bill Read, Don Selvage and Justin Troller. Voting against were Mayor Howard Wiggs and Commissioners Phillip Walker and Edie Yates, who all took positions against decriminalization.

* View Facebook Live video of this morning’s meeting posted by Floridians by Cannabis.

* Read Christopher Guinn’s story in The Ledger.

* View Fox 13 coverage.

Here are highlights from this morning’s discussion as it unfolded on social media. Scroll to the bottom for an executive summary of LPD’s report on marijuana.


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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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