The city of Sarasota is one step closer to decriminalizing marijuana. Sarasota City Commissioners voted 5-0 Monday night for the Cannabis Civil Citation during its first reading. The proposed ordinance would make it a civil offense if someone is caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana and/or drug paraphernalia. Under Florida state law, it is currently a misdemeanor. Through this measure, instead of police making an arrest, they could issue a $100 fine or 10 hours of community service that could be done in lieu of paying the fine.