MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Two bills which would lessen the penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana were in committee Wednesday.
The House version was killed in committee, the Senate version, sponsored by Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, passed.
Both bills would make possession of marijuana under an ounce punishable by a fine, not with a criminal charge which will stay on someone's record. For The first two offenses, the fine would be $250, moving up to $500 for the third offense.
Brewbaker owns multiple car dealerships in Montgomery and employs 109 people. Brewbaker said he has seen people looking for jobs with criminal records because of a possession they had when they were in college.
Brewbaker said the original intent of the marijuana crackdown was to not give felonies and criminal records to college kids.