Legislative committees will take up a bill that could ease the punishment for marijuana. The bill would not affect laws dealing with possessing or trafficking larger amounts of marijuana. The number of people sent to the state’s correctional facilities for marijuana possession is relatively small.
A study shows that about 265 people went to prison in 2015 for possession of marijuana in the first degree. That year, about 24,000 people served time in Alabama correctional facilities.
According to the bill, Possession of less than an ounce of marijuana would become a violation, without jail time. A first or second offense would result in a fine of up to $250. A third or subsequent offense would push the fine up to $500.