Springfield Won't Lower Marijuana Penalties
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Springfield's city council has again rejected a proposal to lower penalties for small amounts of marijuana.
Supporters gathered enough signatures last summer to limit the penalties for marijuana possession, but council members declined to put the proposal on the November ballot. Instead, the council approved the petition and then repealed it.
An alternate bill was then drafted and would have gone on the August ballot.
Both bills would have required the city to charge some first- and second-time offenders who had 35 grams or less of marijuana with municipal infractions, rather than criminal misdemeanors.
The Springfield News-Leader reports neither alternative received much support from the council Monday night. Most said if marijuana is going to be decriminalized, it should be done at the state level.