Iowa Senate Committee Approves Bill Reducing Penalty for Cannabis Possession

The Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 1 Tuesday to approve Senate Study Bill 1121,jilly-bean-medical-marijuana-weed-strain-thcf-jillybeanweed which would significantly reduce the penalty for the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

If approved into law, the proposal would reduce the penalty for the possession of up to 5 grams of cannabis to a simple misdemeanor with a maximum jail sentence of 30 days, down from a serious misdemeanor which can result in a 6 month jail sentence.

“I think you have members of both parties right now willing to look at some of our criminal sentences and make some common sense reforms to help control some of the costs in the system,” says Senator Jack Whitver.

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