Linn County’s new marijuana diversion program is an imperfect plan, but it’s marked improvement over the status quo.
Iowa is among a shrinking class of states that still threatens jail time for first-time marijuana possession offenses. It’s a serious misdemeanor charge that can have lasting impacts on Iowans’ ability to secure jobs, educational opportunities and housing.
At the same time, a slim but growing majority of Iowans support full marijuana legalization and our neighboring states are moving quickly in that direction. Iowa’s marijuana prohibition regime is unsustainable.
The Linn County Attorney’s Office last month announced that some first-time marijuana offenders will be diverted into a special program with no possibility of jail…