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Sturgeon Bay to take another crack at pot fines

An attempt to eliminate fines for possessing small amounts of pot was narrowly rejected by the Sturgeon Bay city council Tuesday.

The proposal, advocated by council member Seth Wiederanders, would have dropped the $100 first offense fine for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana and $200 for additional convictions. Court costs of $163 per conviction would still have been charged.

Wiederanders cited overwhelming public support for legalization of medicinal marijuana in an April advisory referendum. Support for legalizing recreational use was also approved by only by a 37-vote margin.

The proposal to remove fines for possession of small amounts of marijuana in your home was defeated by a vote of four to three. Council members Wiederanders, David Hayes and Kelly Avenson voted in favor of the action and Kirsten Reeths, Dan Williams, Gary Nault and Helen Bacon voted against.

The Community Protection and Services committee, chaired by Williams, will re-visit the fines for possession of small amounts of marijuana at a future meeting.

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