Drafting error pushed back effective date of Dane County $1 pot fine almost 2 months

The City-County Building in downtown Madison. (cannabadger.com)
The City-County Building in downtown Madison. (cannabadger.com)

On April 16, the Dane County Board passed an ordinance reducing county pot fines to $1 plus costs. The ordinance was signed by County Executive Joe Parisi and was due to take effect on April 28. However, a drafting error in the original legislation forced the board to do a re-do.

According to the Dane County Clerk’s office, “The corrected Ordinance Amendment (2015 OA 9) was adopted by the County Board June 4, 2015; approved by the County Executive June 15, 2015; and published June 23, 2015, making it effective on June 24, 2015.”

Cannabadger discovered the delay after being contacted by a citizen who received a ticket for a total amount of $326.50 after April 28. We have reached out to Dane County to try to find out the number of people affected by the delay who received tickets for the higher amount.

Below is the text of the proposal fixing the drafting error:

Dane County Board document "Amending Chapter 32 Of The Dane County Code Of Ordinances, 4 Regarding Statutory Offenses"
2015 OA 9: Dane County Board document “Amending Chapter 32 Of The Dane County Code Of Ordinances, Regarding Statutory Offenses”

In an April 1, 2014, advisory referendum, 56% of Dane County voters cast ballots in favor of legalizing  cannabis. An earlier county advisory referendum on medical cannabis passed by a landslide in Nov. 2010, garnering over 75% of the vote winning in every ward.

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