Mobile, AL, Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s attempt to sponsor a City Ordinance that would lessen “personal use” marijuana offenses is anticipated to cause “fireworks” during the July City Council meeting.
Mayor Stimson’s proposal would not require individuals be arrested for what the city calls “minor offenses.” Rather than incarceration, and at the sole discretion of the police, a “Uniform Nontraffic Citation and Complaint” could be issued.
The proposed ordinance would result in $100 fine for individuals charged with second-degree marijuana possession. Defined as being an amount of marijuana for “personal use only,” no court appearance would be required if the charges go uncontested.
Frustrated by the public misconception his proposed ordinance would constitute the “decriminalization” of personal use, on Tuesday, the mayor’s office maintained “the proposal would not ‘decriminalize’ marijuana use or possession,” according to Alabama.com.
“The matter first came up at the council’s preliminary organizational session Tuesday morning. City Clerk Carroll-Lambert had barely…