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Springfield City Council held a public hearing Monday night to discuss the decriminalization of marijuana in the city. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has last night’s summary.
City Council passed an ordinance a month ago that reduced penalties for possession of marijuana under 35 grams. But now, City Council wants to make amendments to that ordinance.
The City has proposed four amendments to the ordinance. The first amendment is to completely repeal the ordinance. The second amendment discusses eliminating two provisions that City Attorney Dan Wichmer has deemed illegal: erasing possession charges from a person’s record, and the appointment of a citizen oversight committee. It would also raise the fine for possession from $150 to $450.
The third amendment would act the same as the second, while keeping the fine at $150.
The fourth amendment supports the ordinance, while eliminating the oversight committee. City Council would wait until an opinion from the attorney general’s office is issued to make a decision on whether or not to remove possession from a person’s criminal record.
Springfield City Council is scheduled to make a final decision at their meeting on September 24th.
For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers.