Stevens Point City Council to vote Monday night on reducing pot fines

On Monday August 17, Stevens Point alders will be voting on an ordinance amendment that would reduce fines for possessing small amounts of cannabis from $300 to $100 for first offenses.

In 2014, Stevens Point, a city of almost 27,000 with a four-year University of Wisconsin campus, decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis for first-time offenders. Those caught with up to 5 grams of pot can be cited for a municipal ordinance violation, instead of being charged with a crime.

Ordinance Amending The Revised Municipal Code Of The City Of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Ordinance Amending The Revised Municipal Code Of The City Of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

When the city first created the ordinance, the forfeiture amount was set at $300, plus court fees. A city committee unanimously recommended this week to lower that amount to $100. With court costs, the total penalty would be $187, the same amount as a first-time underage drinking fine. Those found with more than 5 grams will still face state charges.

 

 

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