Wisconsin Town To Vote On $1 Marijuana Possession Fine

Marijuana is not legal in Wisconsin. According to Wisconsin state law possession of any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor, punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail. Any subsequent offense is a felony, punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to 3.5 years in jail. But in Monona, Wisconsin, city law states that a person caught possessing 25 grams or less is an infraction, punishable by a $200 fine (no jail time).

That is a much better scenario than Wisconsin law, but still not as good as it could be. The Monona City Council is set to vote tonight on a reform measure that would lower the fine to $1 for those over 21. The measure has also shaped up to be an important issue in the mayoral race in Monona. Per Wisconsin State Journal:

The issue of marijuana possession comes before the Monona City Council on Monday night, and council members will vote on whether to reduce the fine for possession to just $1 for those over 21.

Under the city’s current ordinance, those who possess 25 grams or less of marijuana are fined $200.

“I figured this would come up,” Monona Ald. Mary O’Connor said during a debate with her opponent for Monona Mayor, Phil De Villers, Sunday at the Monona Library.

Mary O’Connor has expressed that she is on the fence about the measure, feeling that it may send the wrong message to kids (even though the measure only applies to adults over 21). Phil De Villers on the other hand supports full legalization, even though he has never consumed marijuana personally. In some states such a move would be nullified by the state in which the municipality is located. But as previously mentioned, Monona has already decriminalized marijuana possession, with no issue from the State of Wisconsin, so hopefully this would be seen as just lowering the fine, and not worthy of a legal showdown such as has been seen in states like Kansas after Wichita voted to decriminalize marijuana.

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