Milwaukee Common Council voted to reduce marijuana related fines

A measure that relaxes the charges affiliated with marijuana possession in Milwaukee passed the Common Council with a ten to three vote on June 30. The measure states that individuals in possession of twenty-five grams or less of marijuana will be subject to a fine of up to fifty dollars, as opposed to the previously enforced maximum fine of five hundred dollars.

Alderman Nik Kovac voiced support of the lowered fine, saying “If you’re not bothering your neighbor and you’re not a threat to your own safety or someone else’s, why should we have any taxpayer-funded resources involved in that personal decision?”

While the new legislation represents a big step towards relaxed marijuana laws, smoking marijuana in public is still outlawed in Wisconsin. Citizens currently await the decision of Mayor Tom Barrett on whether the measure will pass or not.

The legal team of Hart Powell, S.C., represents those who have been charged with drug crimes in the Milwaukee area. Call us at (414) 271-9595 today to begin building a defense that challenges every aspect of the charges brought against you.