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Proposal to lessen penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana

A proposal in the Iowa Legislature to lessen penalties for people who possess small amounts of marijuana could save the state money and reduce what groups say is a racial injustice, yet its chances of advancing this session are unclear.

A proposal in the Iowa Legislature to lessen penalties for people who possess small amounts of marijuana could save the state money and reduce what groups say is a racial injustice, yet its chances of advancing this session are unclear.

The bill would make first offense possession of marijuana that's five grams or less a simple misdemeanor instead of a serious misdemeanor, reducing jail time and court fees for a person facing the charge.

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