Champaign City Council to talk lowering pot possession fines

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The Champaign City Council is considering whether adults should have lower fines for possession of marijuana.

Supporters told the News Gazette high fines are affecting low-income and minority people.

Councilwoman Clarissa Nickerson Fourman is asking for a study on marijuana fines and how they compare to cities close to the same size as Champaign.

The study session would focus on adults over the age of 21 and take place sometime in the next three months.

Urbana lowered its penalty for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana from $300 to $50. Misdemeanor charges went down. The number of tickets issued for state civil and city-ordinance violations reached a 10-year high.

Felony charges for cannabis possession in Urbana are rare now, the News Gazette reports.

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