Wisconsin Lawmakers File Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
Wisconsin lawmakers filed a bill on Oct. 30, 2019, to decriminalize marijuana possession. The legislation, introduced by Reps. David Crowley (D) and Shelia Stubbs (D), would decriminalize possession of up to 28 grams, which amounts to about one ounce. Currently, possession is treated as a misdemeanor offense that can carry up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. “The weaponization of drug possession laws, particularly marijuana, has been the driver of the state of ramped mass incarceration in which we find ourselves,” Crowley said in a press release. “This bill should have been passed years ago — Wisconsin is now an island of antiquated drug policy in a sea of decriminalization.” By any standard WI continues to be the worst state in the nation to be a black man and our current criminal justice system is one of the biggest reasons why. 6% Wisconsin Black Population40% of Wisconsin Prison Population#EndMassIncarceration — David C. Crowley (@DavidCrowleyWI) October 30, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js “It is absolutely wrong to continue this needless cycle of disparate enforcement that continues to feed mass incarceration—I have seen firsthand the devastating effect of our unjust and racially inequitable criminal justice system,” he added. “We have lost a…
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