Just when you thought Alabama would be the last place on earth that would legalize Marijuana, you realize you could still pretty much be right!
Yesterday Mobile Mayor, Sandy Stimpson, announced the decriminalization of several minor offense and possession of Mary Jane was probably the most exciting. Before you roll and blunt and hit downtown Mobile get in to this.
Typically, decriminalization means no arrest, prison time, or criminal record for the first-time possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal consumption. In most decriminalized states, these offenses are treated like a minor traffic violation.
Now Alabama is not the first to go this route in fact, Mississippi and a few others beat us to the punch. While weed is getting the most attention there are a few more "non victim" offense that'll get the traffic offense treatment:
- Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree
- Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree
- Disordley Conduct
- Failure to Obey City Code
- Harassment- If not fight words
- Loitering for drug purposes
- Minor in possession
- Public Intoxication
- Public Lewdness
- Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
The ordinance also lays out that if the charge is uncontested, there would be no court appearance required and would result in a $100 fine. It is unclear if a drug conviction would be attached to the person’s record.