WKRG.com reports that Sandy Stimpson is sponsoring a City Ordinance that would decriminalize a handful of minor offenses, including the possession of marijuana.
The ordinance being introduced at tomorrow morning’s City Council meeting would not require a person to be arrested for what the city calls “minor offenses”. Instead, a Uniform Non-Traffic Citation and Complaint (UNTCC) would be issued, at the sole discretion of the City.
According to Alabama Law, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree is defined if a person “possesses marijuana for his personal use only.” There is no quantity of marijuana listed in the law.
The story is still developing, but what we've learned the Ordiance contains is the following:
- Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree
- Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree
- Disordley Conduct
- Failure to Obey City Code
- Harassment- If not fight words
- Loitering for drug purposes
- Minor in possession
- Public Intoxication
- Public Lewdness
- Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
Also, the Ordinance states that if the charge is uncontested, there would be no court appearance required, in conjunction with a $100 fine.
What's your take? Do you agree with decriminalization of posession?
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