Moore de-criminalizes marijuana, exempts medical users

Moore de-criminalizes marijuana, exempts medical users

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The City of Moore has adopted ordinance changes that officially exempt medical marijuana license holders from punishment. Additionally, those found illegally in possession with small amounts of the drug can now avoid jail time after council unanimously approved both changes during Monday night’s meeting. Ordinances 894 (18), 895 (18), and 896 (18) went into effect immediately after council approved them as emergency measures. City Attorney Randy Brink said the biggest change on Monday was the de-criminalization measure. Previously, Brink said the penalty for possession was a fine between $0 and $800 and/or 60 days in county jail. The new city laws eliminate the possibility of jail time for this offense. “The new ordinance changes that to a maximum of an $800 fine and no jail time,” Brink told council. “By removing that jail time, it can become a cite-release type offense, which of course will keep officers on the street more as opposed to 2-3 hours of paperwork and booking a defendant into jail.” This puts Moore in line with several cities across the country who have decriminalized marijuana, which means lowering the penalties for simple possession as opposed to mandatory minimum sentences. Critics of this practice say it simply clogs the justice system unnecessarily and even do more harm than good to those convicted of the crime. By decriminalizing, it allows law enforcement to concentrate on more pressing issues. As for the other two ordinances, Brink said this brings Moore laws in line with the state under State Question 788 which legalized the medical use of marijuana. Under the new state law, individuals who have a license to use the drug medically may carry up to three ounces of marijuana, one ounce of concentrated marijuana, 72 ounces of edible marijuana, six plants and six seedling plants and eight […]

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