Council loosens cannabis laws

The Madison City Council voted unanimously to remove most local penalties for marijuana possession and consumption, effectively allowing cannabis use by all adults 18 and older, according to a report from advocacy website Marijuanamoment.net.

The vote approved a package of three ordinances overhauling the city’s marijuana laws that permit adults to carry up to 28 grams (nearly an ounce) of cannabis locally and consume it on public or private property. Possession of marijuana paraphernalia will also be allowed. Smoking cannabis will remain prohibited in places where cigarettes or other tobacco devices are banned, and no one can have marijuana on school buses or within 1,000 feet of a school. Marijuana distribution laws will remain intact and driving under the influence of a controlled substance also remains illegal.

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