MONTGOMERY, AL — A bill that would decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, making it a fine only offense, has been introduced in Alabama.
Under the proposal, the offense would not appear on a person’s criminal record. The amount of the fine has not yet been defined in the bill.
The bill, House Bill 76, was filed by Birmingham Democrat Rep. Patricia Todd, who has introduced several marijuana reform bills in recent years.
The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on the Judiciary, and will be scheduled for a hearing once lawmakers convene later this month for the 2014 legislative session.
Alabama currently has some of the harshest marijuana penalties in the country. Under current law in Alabama, possession of any amount of marijuana is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $6,000.
Possession of over one ounce of marijuana would remain a Class C felony under the proposed bill.