Hail Mary Jane started talking about the city-by-city re-legalization strategy a long time ago. In places where the state-level wasn’t ready to embrace change, individual cities went ahead on their own. The scales just keep tipping in the direction of a new relationship with the cannabis plant. Take a look at Wisconsin:
Nine of the state’s 10 largest cities impose local ordinances decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses, according to review published this week by Gannett Central Wisconsin Media.
Local lawmakers in Madison enacted the state’s first local decriminalization law in 1977. The ordinance imposes a maximum fine of only $100 for those found in the possession of up to 28 grams of cannabis. Most recently, lawmakers in Stevens Point amended local law to define violations involving the possession of up to five grams of marijuana as offenses punishable by no more than a $100 fine.
Additional cities in the state that have adopted municipal decriminalization ordinances include Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Marshfield, Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha and Wausau. Milwaukee imposes the smallest fine — $50.00 — for marijuana violations, while Green Bay imposes the highest — $1,000 maximum fines. Most citywide ordinances do not impose criminal sanctions unless the quantity of cannabis possessed exceeds 25 grams.
By contrast, state law classifies the possession of any amount of marijuana as a criminal misdemeanor.
There’s more to it at the complete original post HERE.
Be clear on this — the city-by-city strategy is a clear demonstration of how deep, and strong, and real the change coming for cannabis will be. This is not a top-down fiat for new behavior, as was the imposition of cannabis prohibition. This is organic change coming from the roots and reaching out to the tips of the leaves. Cannabis wins, and as a result, we all benefit.
But, we are not there yet. We need to make this upcoming Presidential election a vehicle to speed up the re-legalization of the cannabis plant. Here, at Hail Mary Jane, we invite your thoughts on exactly how we do that. Share your thoughts for hastening the future.
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