State Senator Mujtaba Mohammed recently introduced a bill to further decriminalize the possession of marijuana in our state.
Mecklenburg County’s 38th District representative said the bill is part of his campaign promise to “build people, not prisons.”
Senate Bill 58 seeks to increase the amount of Marijuana required for both misdemeanors and felonies, reading:
“If the quantity of the controlled substance exceeds three ounces (currently 1/2 ounce) of marijuana or one-twentieth of an ounce of the extracted resin of marijuana, commonly known as hashish, the violation shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. If the quantity of the controlled substance exceeds 16 ounces (currently 1.5 ounces) of marijuana, or three-twentieths of an ounce (avoirdupois) of the extracted resin of marijuana, commonly known as hashish, or if the controlled substance consists of any quantity of synthetic tetrahydrocannabinols or tetrahydrocannabinols isolated from the resin of marijuana, the violation shall be punishable as a Class I felony.”
If the S.B. 58 passes, it will apply to all offenses committed on or after July 1 of 2019.
What do you think of the new bill?