Jackson, Mississippi Votes to Decriminalize Cannabis – News

Ledger that he is in full support of the new ordinance. “We have to take an aggressive – dare I say ‘radical’ – approach not just to the law but how we impose penalties,” he said. “We have to make sure they are commensurate with the crime. Drugpolicy.org/press-release/2018/02/jackson-city-council-votes-unanimously-decriminalize-marijuana-heads-mayors”>still illegal under Mississippi state law punishable by a fine of up to $250 and jail time of up to 60 days. Anyone busted for pot in Jackson could still face state charges instead of the city’s new civil fine, depending on the discretion of the arresting officers. Drugpolicy.org/press-release/2018/02/jackson-city-council-votes-unanimously-decriminalize-marijuana-heads-mayors”>said in a statement. Drugpolicy.org/press-release/2018/02/jackson-city-council-votes-unanimously-decriminalize-marijuana-heads-mayors”>Wright continued. “This is a powerful first step to push back against racist and discriminatory laws that have deeply impacted in particular poor, black communities since their inception. Let’s hope other Southern cities are encouraged to move decriminalization ordinances as well.

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