Kentucky GOP lawmaker introduces marijuana decriminalization bill

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Published: Jan. 21, 2019 at 3:18 PM EST
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A Kentucky Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill which would lessen penalties for marijuana possession.

Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R - Lebanon, is the sponsor of

, which would make the penalty for possessing marijuana for personal use only a prepayable non-criminal fine.

Violators would face a $100 fine or serve 15 hours of community service. Possessing marijuana on school property would raise the penalty to a $250 fine or 30 hours of community service.

Personal use is defined as an ounce or less of marijuana in plant form, five grams or less of resin or concentrates derived from marijuana or products containing 300 grams or less of delta-9 THC. Possessing more than this amount would be a Class B misdemeanor.

The law also exempts marijuana accessories from drug paraphernalia criminal penalties.