BILL LOWERING MARIJUANA POSSESSION CHARGES PASSES STATE LEGISLATURE
By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Sam Luther and WVUA 23 Web Coordinator Kailey Neitzel
A proposal to lower the penalty for marijuana possession cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature.
The bill would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana punishable by a $250 fine instead of jail time.
An offense would be classified as a violation, one a step below a misdemeanor.
The bill, however, faces a dubious future as it heads to a possible floor vote.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted six to four to approve the bill.