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Mobile, AL mayor seeks to ‘decriminalize’ marijuana possession

A man pulls out a bag of marijuana to fill a pipe at the first day of Hempfest, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Seattle. Thousands packed the Seattle waterfront park for the opening of a three-day marijuana festival an event that is part party, part protest and part victory celebration after the legalization of pot in Washington and Colorado last fall. Hempfest was expected to draw as many as 85,000 people per day. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Mobile, AL (WKRG) – Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson is sponsoring a City Ordinance that would decriminalize several minor offenses in the City of Mobile. The ordinance being introduced at tomorrow morning’s City Council meeting would not require a person to be arrested for what the city calls “minor offenses.” Instead, a Uniform Non-Traffic Citation and Complaint (UNTCC) would be issued, at the sole discretion of the City.

Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree is among the charges included in the ordinance. According to Alabama Law, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree is defined if a person “possesses marijuana for his personal use only.” There is no quantity of marijuana listed in the law.

The offenses listed in the ordinance are:

Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree Disordley Conduct Failure to Obey City Code Harassment- If not fight words Loitering for drug purposes Minor in possession Public Intoxication Public Lewdness Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle

The ordinance also lays out that if the charge is uncontested, there would be no court appearance required and would result in a $100 fine. It is unclear if a drug conviction would be attached to the person’s record.

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