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Point becomes latest Wisconsin city to relax pot penaltiesSubmitted: 09/01/2015
STEVENS POINT - Marijuana is still illegal in Wisconsin, but cities across the state slowly have been relaxing penalties against people caught with small amounts of the drug.

A Gannett Central Wisconsin Media review (http://spjour.nl/1FfQP0S ) found that nine of the state's 10 largest cities have decriminalized simple possession. Madison and Milwaukee were among the first cities in Wisconsin to reform their ordinances on marijuana.


Stevens Point is the most recent municipality in central Wisconsin to adopt and then modify its ordinance. Last month, the city cut the fine for first-time marijuana offenders to $100.

Some law enforcement officials don't support decriminalization because they believe marijuana can lead users to harder drugs. But decriminalization advocates think lesser penalties for those caught with marijuana allow them to be treated like other minor offenders.

Story By: Associated Press

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