AUGUSTA — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Chiefs of Police Association are opposing a bill to modify possession limits and fines for marijuana possession.
The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a hearing Wednesday on Rep. Patsy Crockett’s bill. The Augusta Democrat said her bill would streamline and clarify marijuana laws.
The bill would make possession of up to 4 ounces of marijuana a civil violation.
Possession of up to 1¼ ounce would remain punishable by a $350 fine. For possession of 1¼ to 4 ounces, the fine would be $700, with higher fines for second and subsequent offenses.
The Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers supported the bill, saying it increases fines while recognizing that possession of up to 4 ounces should be a civil offense and not a crime.