Bill to reduce penalties for simple pot possession heading to Alabama Senate floor


    The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bipartisan bill to reduce penalties on simple marijuana possession. (Lauren Walsh | abc3340.com)

    The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bipartisan bill to reduce penalties on simple marijuana possession.

    The measure will have to pass the Senate before heading to the House for consideration.

    Currently, simple possession of marijuana (one ounce or less) in Alabama is a misdemeanor on first offense and a felony the second time.

    The bill filed by Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R- Pike Road) would apply to those found with one ounce of marijuana or less. The bill would reduce the penalty to a violation with a fine, just like a parking ticket. It would not add to one’s criminal record.

    Rep. Patricia Todd (D- Birmmingham) has a similar bill in the House.

    If the bill makes it through the Senate, it may face a more difficult time in the House. Speaker Mac McCutchen tells ABC 33/40 the odds in the House are “slim to none.”

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