The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee sent House Bill 81 to the House for a vote. HB 81 reduces the charges for having an ounce of marijuana or less, or marihuana as it is written in the bill. It would eliminate jail time and threat of arrest. Instead, the offense would merit a fine of $250.
Sentencing guidelines for possession of marijuana are currently based on the weight of the marijuana. Possession of just 2 ounces or less is a Class B misdemeanor. A person could face a sentence up to 180 days in jail and have a fine up to $2,000. Having 2 to 4 ounces doubles the penalty and makes it a Class A misdemeanor. Anything over 4 ounces becomes a felony and has even stricter sentencing guidelines.