Wis. Assembly to Vote on Tougher Pot Sanctions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is set to approve a bill that would expand cities and villages' powers to enforce marijuana ordinances after district attorneys decline to prosecute.

Right now municipalities can enact and enforce ordinances prohibiting possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic marijuana. But they can't prosecute anyone who possesses more than 25 grams or for second-offense possession of any amount.

The Republican bill would let municipalities to enact ordinances prohibiting possession of any amount of marijuana and give them authority to prosecute second offenses, giving them more options if prosecutors decide not to file criminal charges.

The Senate passed the bill in September. The Assembly is set to vote on the proposal Tuesday afternoon. Approval would send the measure on to Gov. Scott Walker.


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