Milwaukee's decriminalization of marijuana - good or bad?

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.

Comments

Maybe eventually the smaller towns will also decriminalize, but, I think it will be awhile before it happens everywhere.
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I think it's absolutely retarded that pot is a criminal offense anywhere. There is so much information out there on the good and bad of marijuana. I doubt that Milwaukee residents saw any real changes from the ordinance
The population is the factor here. Milwaukee just does not have the resources to be putting away cannabis possessors. It is too big of a city, so they had to do something. I too think it will be awhile before the small towns will decriminalize, just like cable TV - bigger cities had it long before the small towns did.

personally, i dont think it is enough. you can ask just about any random person in milwaukee and the answer is always the same, whether its a college student or a working class grinder, do you support legalization of marijuana? it's always a resounding 'i could care less what other people do in their free time' or 'yes'

It's cool to see responses from people around my area that are actually logical! I myself don't use cannabis anymore, but it proved to be very beneficial to some of the medical problems I've had in the past. I just think more people need to get educated on it, including the youth. D.A.R.E. is teaching small children that pot is as dangerous as the harder drugs...then when the kids get older and find out how harmless pot is and realize that the D.A.R.E. educators were more or less lying about pot, then they think that the harder drugs won't harm them as well. We just need some truthful adults to step up to the plate in our communities and tell the people how it is!

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