The La Crosse Common Council reverses its decision on possession of small amounts of marijuana.
LA CROSSE - The La Crosse Common Council reverses its decision on possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Last Thursday, the council voted to decriminalize possession of less than 25 grams of the drug by any first time offender. It would become a minor municipal violation accompanied by a fine.
Supporters of the idea say it gives police and prosecutors the discretion to charge violators with either a criminal or municipal offense. The police chief has advised against decriminalization. The ruling reverses a common council decision from just two days earlier. La Crosse Police Chief Ed Kondracki says it sends a bad message -- that marijuana is of no more consequence than being ticketed for skateboarding in a parking garage.
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