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 - Mississippi Reduced JACKSON (UP1--The...
Mississippi Reduced JACKSON (UP1--The Mississippi, House Thursday approved a billi reducing the penalties for possession of marijuana white placing mandatory sentences ontlic sale of any drugs. After lengthy and sometimes passionate debate, the bill was approved on a vote of 81-38. It provides lhat persons caught with one ounce or less of marijuana be subject to a fine of $200 and or 30 days in the county jail. A second offense under the bill would carry a maximum penalty of to GO days In jail and a fine of $200-$500. A third offense would bring a Tine of up to $500 or from five days six months in the county jail.' The present penalty for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is a of up to $1,000 and not more than one year in the county jail. ' 'The 'The measure also calls for at least mandatory three year sentence for sale of any drug. The fine for sale be up to $30,000 and the jail sentence can go as high as 20 years. Rep. Jay Disharoon of Crystal Springs, who handled the bill, said it was an "enforceable 11 measure which had the support of state narcotics, menial health, penitentiary and many other officials. The bill, which was held on a to reconsider, also - provides that second offenders would have to participate in drug rehabilitation programs. A list of offenders would be maintained for two years. A hill making it a felony to take drugs into the state penitentiary was approved by the Senate Thursday after a controversial amendment revamping marijuana laws was withdrawn. The Senate 'still must consider the House bill. The House measure originally only

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  1. The Delta Democrat-Times,
  2. 11 Feb 1977, Fri,
  3. Page 3

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