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Marijuana proposal in Marathon County handed off to Criminal Justice Coordinating Council


A joint meeting of Marathon county's public safety and health and human services committees will hand off proposed changes to marijuana rules in the county.

The proposal to alter fines for possession of 25 or fewer grams of marijuana has been sent to Marathon County's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for refining.

Supervisor Jeff Johnson brought the measure forward.

Johnson says the goal is to not punish those who use small amounts of the drug responsibly… much like someone who has a beer or glass of wine after work.

“I don’t care what kind of profession you’re talking about… what kind of socio-economic class you’re talking about. There are a lot of people who smoke marijuana, or ingest THC in some form or another”

Not everyone bought that argument.

“I don’t want to see it in the hands of anybody quite frankly. I think it’s a poor comparison to suggest going home that going home and having a can of beer is the same as going home and having marijuana”, said Supervisor Brent Jacobson.

After nearly 90 minutes of discussion, those on both committees felt the measure was not ready for prime time.

Marathon County's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will take up the issue at a later time.

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