An Indiana lawmaker who represents most of Jackson County plans to introduce legislation reducing penalties on people found in possession of small amounts of marijuana.
“I think we need to make a distinction sorting out those people we are afraid of and those people we are mad at,” state Sen. Brent Steele of Bedford said on Friday afternoon.
Steele, a Republican, said he’ll introduce a bill next session making possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana a Class C infraction, rather than a criminal misdemeanor. Ten grams is equivalent to about one-third of an ounce, or roughly enough to make 20 to 30 marijuana cigarettes.
“It will still be a criminal offense,” Steele said.
Possession of marijuana less than 30 grams is currently a Class A misdemeanor. Anyone arrested with more than 30 grams of marijuana is charged with a Class D felony.
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