Alabama Senate Panel Passes Bill To End Jail Time For Pot Possession

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An Alabama legislative committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would eliminate jail time as a punishment for marijuana possession offenses. Medical Marijuana Also On The Table In Alabama Alabama lawmakers are also considering a proposal to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Second and additional cases of marijuana possession can be charged as a felony. Qualifying patients with a doctor’s recommendation would receive a medical marijuana identification card from the state. Under the bill, penalties for marijuana possession convictions would be limited to fines and those convicted of such offenses would no longer be subject to incarceration.

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An Alabama legislative committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would eliminate jail time as a punishment for marijuana possession offenses. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6 to 3 to approve the measure, SB149, which will now be considered by the full Senate.

Under the bill, penalties for marijuana possession convictions would be limited to fines and those convicted of such offenses would no longer be subject to incarceration. Cases involving possession of less than two ounces of cannabis would no longer be considered a misdemeanor....

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