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Proposal would sync Mpls. marijuana law with state


Minneapolis’ penalties for small-scale marijuana possession would be brought in line with state statute under a City Council proposal to be unveiled Friday.

The change would eliminate a discrepancy between city ordinance, which classifies possession of a small amount of marijuana as a misdemeanor, and state statute, where it is a petty misdemeanor. Petty misdemeanors are technically not a "crime" under state statute, and the punishment cannot exceed $300.

The practical impact will likely be limited, however, since city attorney Susan Segal said police officers typically cite the state statute. “To my knowledge, at least while I’ve been here, it’s never been charged under the city ordinance,” Segal said.


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