Update: Members of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee passed the measure to the full Committee on February 28.
Senate legislation is pending, SF 280, to reduce minor marijuana possession penalties involving the possession of five grams of marijuana or less.
If passed, the measure would classify first time offenses from a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $ 1,000 fine, to a simple misdemeanor, punishable by no more than 30 days in jail and a $ 625 fine.
These changes would not apply to subsequent offenders. Senate File 280 does not decriminalize minor marijuana offenses, but it is an important first step in the process of revisiting and revising Iowa’s marijuana laws.
You can write your lawmakers in support of this penalty reduction by entering your zip code below.