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UPDATE: Wis. Assembly approves tougher pot sanctions

UPDATED Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 5:48 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would expand municipalities' powers to enforce marijuana ordinances after district attorneys decline to prosecute.

Currently municipalities can enforce ordinances prohibiting possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic marijuana. But they can't prosecute anyone who possesses more than 25 grams or for second-offense possession of any amount.

The Republican bill would let municipalities enact ordinances prohibiting possession of any amount and allow them to prosecute second offenses, giving them more options if prosecutors decide not to file criminal charges.

The Senate passed the bill in September. The Assembly approved it on a voice vote Tuesday. The proposal now goes to Gov. Scott Walker. A Walker spokesman said the governor will evaluate the bill.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 2:27 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would expand municipalities' powers to enforce marijuana ordinances after district attorneys decline to prosecute.

Currently municipalities can enforce ordinances prohibiting possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic marijuana. But they can't prosecute anyone who possesses more than 25 grams or for second-offense possession of any amount.

The Republican bill would let municipalities enact ordinances prohibiting possession of any amount and allow them to prosecute second offenses, giving them more options if prosecutors decide not to file criminal charges.

The Senate passed the bill in September. The Assembly approved it on a voice vote Tuesday. The proposal now goes to Gov. Scott Walker. A Walker spokesman didn't immediately return an email message asking if the governor supports the bill.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 10:35 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is set to approve a bill that would expand cities and villages' powers to enforce marijuana ordinances after district attorneys decline to prosecute.

Right now municipalities can enact and enforce ordinances prohibiting possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic marijuana. But they can't prosecute anyone who possesses more than 25 grams or for second-offense possession of any amount.

The Republican bill would let municipalities to enact ordinances prohibiting possession of any amount of marijuana and give them authority to prosecute second offenses, giving them more options if prosecutors decide not to file criminal charges.

The Senate passed the bill in September. The Assembly is set to vote on the proposal Tuesday afternoon. Approval would send the measure on to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Posted Tuesday, September 17, 2013 --- 12:55 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a Republican bill that would expand the authority of cities and villages to enforce marijuana ordinances after district attorneys decline to prosecute.

Under current state law, municipalities can enact and enforce ordinances prohibiting possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic marijuana. But they can't prosecute those who possess more than 25 grams or for second-offense possession of any amount.

The bill passed on a bipartisan 24-9 vote Tuesday would allow for municipalities to enact ordinances prohibiting possession of any amount of marijuana and give them the authority to prosecute second offenses.

The measure would give local governments more options for municipal prosecution if district attorneys decline to pursue criminal charges.

The bill now goes to the state Assembly.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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