Alabama’s City of Mobile Pondering Marijuana Citation Ordinance

Alabama's City of Mobile Pondering Marijuana Citation Ordinance

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On May 15, 2017, Mobile, Alabama, Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced that he would sponsor a city ordinance that would, among other things, allow city law enforcement officials the discretion to issue a marijuana citation for simple possession.

Far from the focus of the measure, the ordinance includes twelve minor offenses that city law enforcement would be able to issue citations for, including marijuana possession. Individuals that do not contest the charges would be fined $100 and would not have to make a court appearance.

Under existing city law, police are required to automatically arrest individuals, which some city officials argue is not efficient.

Despite intense public interest, city council members have been slow to embrace the proposed ordinance. According to, the council was poised to take a vote on the ordinance on May 16, but it was promptly sidetracked and referred to the Public Safety Committee.

“Why don’t we hold this over about six weeks. Let’s get this to the Fourth of July. There’ll be some fireworks,” suggested Councilman John Williams.

As of publication, no meetings on the marijuana citation ordinance have been scheduled.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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