2 Strikes And You’re A Felon
Rick Scott has signed into law, FL HB49 / SB1140, which will consequently condemn more Floridians to jail for victimless crimes, cost the state thousands of jobs, and will further burden taxpayers with an ever expanding prison system.
Under FL HB49 / SB1140, Florida retailers will be presumed guilty of selling drug paraphernalia if caught selling any smoking device that is not made out of briar, meerschaum, clay, or corn cob. Any person found to have committed such offense will be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, with second-time offenders being charged with a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine. Any subsequent charges will be classified as habitual and minimum mandatory sentences must be imposed.
Just as with the Internet café ban, the State of Florida will forcibly close thousands of businesses and force even more workers onto the unemployment and public assistance rolls.
“Governor Scott and his supporters are constantly propping themselves up as private sector job creators, but this past legislative session he signed multiple bills into law that effectively shut down entire industries”, said Libertarian Party of Florida chairman, Dana Moxley Cummings. “It’s no secret that the Governor [Rick Scott] is trying to privatize Florida prisons and perhaps he thinks he can claim job creation by increasing the prison population. It’s time for the people of Florida to wake up.”