Louisville, Kentucky Lawmakers Propose Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Members of the Louisville, Kentucky city council introduced a proposed ordinance on Wednesday that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana the lowest law enforcement priority for the city’s police department. The proposal was filed by four Democratic members of the Louisville Metro Council, including Councilman Brandon Coan, who represents Louisville’s District 8.

“The idea is pretty straightforward: You don’t want to punish somebody who makes a minor indiscretion … to prevent them from getting a job or advancing in their career or being prejudiced in any other normal way of life,” said Coan.

The ordinance would make “investigation, citations, and arrests” for possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana the lowest law enforcement priority, although it would not legalize cannabis possession or use. Marijuana possession cases related to “an act or threat of violence, or where public safety officials reasonably believe that the marijuana offense poses a substantial threat of serious physical harm to the public” would not be covered by the ordinance.

“We don’t want to have to send people downtown and through the court system for small infractions that are not serious problems,” Coan said. “We really need police to be on the street and

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