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Jacksonville City Council Marijuana Ordinance Vote

Updated: Tuesday, June 10 2014, 03:34 PM CDT

JACKSONVILLE --  In the city of Jacksonville, possession of a small amount of marijuana will now only result in a fine. That's after the city council approved an ordinance that would decriminalize its use Monday night.

According to our news partner WLDS radio, the vote was a close one as aldermen approved the ordinance with a 5-4 vote. That's the same spread when the proposal was voted on in first reading last month.

The ordinance lessens the penalties for someone caught with two and a half grams of marijuana or less.
 
Offenders will now only have to pay a fine, and could be subject to community service. Repeat offenders could still face criminal charges.

"The younger population we have in Jacksonville and they thought that well if in fact that anybody caught with a small amount that it was going to ruin their chances for college and possibly getting financial aid and a number of other things," said Tony Williams, Jacksonville Alderman Ward 2.

Another issue on Monday night's agenda is an amended ordinance regarding video gaming. Aldermen are looking to approve a $65 fee increase for installing the terminals.

Jacksonville City Council Marijuana Ordinance Vote


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