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Madison Common Council partially decriminalizes marijuana

Posted at 9:34 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 10:56:50-05

MADISON — The Madison Common Council has approved measures to decriminalize marijuana in the city, WISC in Madison reported Wednesday.

The new measures would make it legal for anyone 18 or older to possess up to 28 grams of marijuana on public or private property, as long as they have the permission of the property owner.

The city's ordinance would also decriminalize marijuana paraphernalia in the city.

WISC is reporting that fines for violating the ordinance by having more than 28 grams of marijuana or using it without a building owner’s permission are also being reduced down to $1. Heavier penalties still apply for those charged with intent to deliver cannabis.

Smoking marijuana will still be illegal wherever smoking tobacco isn't allowed, and smoking within 1,000 feet of a school or bus will still be banned.

“The reality is we shouldn’t even be talking about this tonight. It’s preposterous and outrageous that the Wisconsin State Legislature has not moved toward legal and regulated adult use of cannabis like so many states have across the country, including many of our neighboring states,” Alder Mike Verveer said.

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