Rock Co. makes maximum penalty $1 for cannabis possession – WMTV – NBC15

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The Rock County Board passed an ordinance change Thursday night to set the penalty for possessing 28 grams or less of cannabis to no more than a $1 fine.

While Rock Co. does not have the authority to legalize marijuana, Rock Co. Supervisor Jacob Taylor said they can minimize their participation in the enforcement of a law voters “so strongly oppose.” The county also reduced the penalty for possession of cannabis paraphernalia for the same $1 fine.

The change will only affect enforcement from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, but the penalty is unchanged for local police departments.

Taylor proposed the change in 2018 as a response to the Marijuana Advisory Referendum where voters were “overwhelmingly” supportive of the legalization of cannabis for recreational use.

Tonight, the County Board passed an ordinance change which set the penalty for possession of 28 grams or less of…

Posted by Rock County Supervisor Jacob Taylor on Thursday, September 24, 2020

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