Cedar Rapids officials signal openness to lobbying for marijuana law change

by Newsfeed

CEDAR RAPIDS — City officials signaled a willingness Tuesday to lobby for legislative action reclassifying marijuana possession to a lesser misdemeanor as a local Black Lives Matter group pushes for police and justice reforms.

Police Chief Wayne Jerman, reporting to the City Council on the status of Advocates for Social Justice’s demands, said he favors lessening the charge of marijuana possession to a simple misdemeanor instead of a serious misdemeanor. This would permit violators be issued a citation instead of being taken into custody.

However, Jerman said the Iowa Legislature is responsible for determining the category and severity of drug charges.

“The city is…

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