There’s an average of one marijuana possession arrest every 55 seconds. Video provided by Newsy Newslook
Ward 4 Councilman De’Keither Stamps(Photo: Justin Vicory)
A Jackson councilman wants to reduce penalties for marijuana possession in the city.
Councilman De’Keither Stamps Tuesday offered an amendment to a current city ordinance that would decriminalize the possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana in Jackson.
“We need to focus on hard drugs, like opioids,” Stamps said. “We don’t need to make a practice of turning users into criminals.”
The amendment would reduce fines to $100 and prohibit jail time for the offense.
Stamps said in the ordinance amendment he wants to reduce punishments that “unfairly stigmatizes the offender” and put an “undue burden on the city in regards to jail costs.”
“We don’t want these people to graduate to a life of crime. We want them to graduate from Hinds Community College,” he said Tuesday.
The amendment is similar to city ordinances in