Green Bay City Council has reduced the penalty for marijuana possession by 50%. A vote was taken on December 4, resulting in 9 out of 11 councilmembers supporting the reduction. The ordinance is now finalized.
The penalty for possessing marijuana is now $500, whether it is public or private possession, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette. The two no votes were Andy Nicholson and Chris Wery. Possessing one ounce or less is eligible for the new penalty.
Some initially proposed a fine reduction to $250 when in private, but found it easier to make it one fine across the board.
Even those with previous possession convictions can receive a citation instead of an automatic trip to jail. Of course, possession of an ounce or less can be the only infraction. This should help declutter the circuit court and caseload of the District Attorney.