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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

 2:17 PM 

Assembly passes bill to alter prosecution of marijuana offenses

The Assembly has concurred in legislation that would alter the process for prosecuting a second or subsequent offense of marijuana possession.

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, said that currently, district attorneys often decline to pursue those charges after a first offense is addressed by a municipal court.

Letting those second offenses go, he argued prior to today’s session, is “a disparity in the law that should be fixed.”

Rep. Evan Goyke, D-Milwaukee, countered the bill’s potential costs could outweigh any windfall for municipalities and that the change “gives government some power” that should give those Republicans with a libertarian streak “pause.”

Moreover, Goyke said, “Our national conversation (about marijuana) is going the other way.”

The bill was passed on a voice vote.


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