420 with CNW – Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Wisconsin

420 with CNW – Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Wisconsin

On Wednesday, Wisconsin lawmakers filed legislation for decriminalizing marijuana possession. The two democratic representatives together with Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, who supported the change in policy, held a press conference on the same day to announce the legislation. Currently, the possession of marijuana in the state is punishable by six months in jail or a fine of $1,000. The legislation which would decriminalize possession of up to 28 grams of weed in Wisconsin was introduced by Democratic Representatives David Crowley and Sheila Stubbs. In a press release, Crowley said that the war on marijuana possession laws is the reason behind massive mass incarceration in the U.S. The bill should have been approved years ago, he added. He further said that the state should pass the decriminalization bill to prevent mass incarceration. The war on marijuana has a devastating effect on minority groups, especially for people of color. Crowley further said that the war on drugs and incarceration has led to the destruction of a generation of men and women. The proposed legislation also mandates the state department of justice to facilitate the expungement of past convictions for marijuana possession. People should understand the difference between decriminalization and legalization, said the…

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