Marijuana Decriminalization Bill In The Works

Bismarck  – Those caught with a small amount of marijuana may soon only face a fine if one state lawmaker gets her way.

State Representative Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo) says she’s planning on introducing legislation this session that would decriminalize those caught with one ounce or less of marijuana.

Instead, offenders would only have to pay a two hundred dollar fine.

Currently those caught with pot face a class B-misdemeanor.

Roers Jones tells KX News those making a mistake should not have to pay for it for the rest of their life.

“We want to make sure there is a penalty for doing this because it still needs to be illegal, if it were legal, there would be a number of negative consequences for employers, especially for employers that need drug testing policies, but we don’t want to create a system or situation that continues to have negative impacts for people years in the future”. Said Roers Jones.

Roers Jones also met with Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today for his input on the bill who recommended only minor changes.

Governor Brugam has already voiced his support for the legislation.

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