By William Petroski
Criminal penalties would be reduced for possession of a small amount of marijuana under a bill approved Thursday on a voice vote by the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate File 432, sponsored by Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, would classify a first offense for possession of five grams or less of marijuana as a simple misdemeanor, punishable by no more than 30 days in jail and a fine of $625.
Current law classifies the first offense of marijuana possession as a serious misdemeanor, punishable by no more than six months in jail and a fine of no more than $1,000.
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