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Bill aims to change penalties for first-time marijuana possession

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A new bill aims to change the penalties associated with marijuana possession from a criminal charge to just a fine.

The bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Pat Todd, D-District 54, would change the charges for someone’s first offense of marijuana possession.

Currently, a first offense is a Class A misdemeanor. This bill would change the first offense to a fine much like a traffic ticket. It would also keep the offense off someone’s record. After the second offense, the person would then be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

Todd says the bill faces a major uphill climb and believes that the bill does not have a chance to pass because of public perception.

“You know I find a lot of support for this, in the legislature from both democrats and republicans,” Todd said. “People are so afraid they will look soft on drugs if they support this instead of looking at the reality and the facts of what we are facing.”

The bill faces a committee for a public hearing on Wednesday. Todd hopes she can start changing the way people approach the issue of marijuana possession.

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