In my small Wisconsin city, population around 10,000, if you get caught with any amount marijuana, it is a criminal offense. The County jail here is usually well populated with marijuana possession offenders. I find some of these charges to be really stupid, and personally I think possession of marijuana should be decriminalized.
I understand that Milwaukee has ordinances which override the criminality, so in certain jurisdictions possession is just a slap on the wrist with a monetary fine. I am wondering if the residents of Milwaukee are okay with this? Do they feel that this has become a bigger problem because of the ordinance? Did it make any difference at all?
I am sure that there is good and bad to these situations, but, as we seem to have more and more severe drug cases, like heroin & prescripton drugs, I would rather see marijuana decriminalized and keep the harsher punishments for more potent drugs.
I would love to hear others opinions on this also.