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Reduced marijuana penalties OK'd by Oklahoma panel

Oklahoman Published: February 27, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Criminal penalties for marijuana possession in Oklahoma would be reduced under a bill passed without objection by a House committee.

The House Public Safety Committee voted 14-0 on Wednesday for the bill that would make first and second offenses of marijuana possession a misdemeanor. Under current law, a second offense is a felony punishable by between two and 10 years in prison.

Stillwater Democratic Rep. Cory Williams says he would have preferred to make all marijuana possession offenses misdemeanors, but that such a proposal was unlikely to pass the committee.

Williams says it makes little sense to imprison someone or burden them with a felony conviction for simply possessing a drug that is legal in some states.

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