An effort to decriminalize Marijuana has died in a House Committee.
The bill, HB 96 sponsored by Rep. Laura Hall (D-Huntsville), originally changed the possession of an ounce or less to a violation punishable only by fines. The bill was amended in Committee so that possession of 5 grams or less would be punishable only by fines.
This was still not enough to get the bill through. The bill died on a 6-5 vote.
Rep. David Faulkner (R-Mountain Brook) thought the bill still wasn’t good enough since multiple violations would still result in only a fine. He also stated that he is concerned more young people would use marijuana should this bill pass.
Reps. Dickie Drake, (R-Leeds), Allen Farley, (R-McCalla), David Faulkner, (R-Mountain Brook), Mike Holmes, (R-Wetumpka), Phillip Pettus, (R-Killen), and Matt Simpson, (R-Daphne) voted against the bill.
The bill could still be revived and Hall says she will meet with prosecutors, law enforcement or others who have concerns about it.