North Dakota’s top law enforcement officer says he will back legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, noting that it would reflect the reality of what’s already happening in state courts.
“There is nobody in jail who only possessed or used a small amount (of marijuana),” Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Wednesday. “That just isn’t the typical sentence in those cases.”
Under the legislation being drafted and sponsored by Fargo GOP Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, someone caught with less than an ounce of marijuana or two pot plants or fewer would be fined $200. It’s currently a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.