Milwaukee Mayor Signs Measure Reducing Penalty for Cannabis Possession by 90%

milwaukeeflagMilwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has signed into law a measure reducing the penalty for cannabis possession by 90%. The measure passed the city’s Common Council earlier this month with a 10 to 3 vote.

The new law reduces the penalty for someone caught possessing up to 25 grams of cannabis from a $500 fine, to a maximum fine of $50. Unfortunately the proposal only effects an individuals first-time cannabis possession offense, meaning subsequent offenses will remain a potential misdemeanor.

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Milwaukee Council Votes to Reduce Penalty for Cannabis Possession by 90%

milThe Milwaukee Common Council has voted to significantly reduce the penalty for the possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis. The proposal, which was approved with a 10 to 3 vote, would reduce the penalty from a $500 fine, to a maximum fine of $50. The measure now goes to Mayor Tom Barrett for consideration.

“There can be all kinds of consequences for a marijuana conviction, even for a ticket,” says Chris Ahmuty, ACLU of Wisconsin Executive Director, who applauded the decision. “It can impact employment, your ability to participate in society so there’s real harm that comes from excessive fines and enforcement of marijuana laws.”

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