La Crosse Mayor says reduced first-time offense pot fines should be discussed

La Crosse’s mayor would be open to reducing the fines for first-time marijuana offenders.

Mayor Tim Kabat voiced his stance after being asked what he thought of Eau Claire’s recent pot ordinance.

Like La Crosse, Eau Claire voters showed support for marijuana legalization during a referendum vote in November. The Eau Claire City Council has since passed an ordinance that reduces the fines for first-time offenders found with pot to a single dollar.

“This would basically reduce the fine amount. It sends a message that we’re listening to the voters and trying to do what we can with the power we have here locally to make changes. I think that is worthy of a discussion,” said Kabat.

First-time offenders in Eau Claire still have to pay court fees of nearly $150.

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