(4/1/19) A new bill filed Monday would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the Natural State.
Possession of less than four ounces of marijuana is currently a Class A misdemeanor, a crime punishable by up to a year in jail.
Under House Bill 1972, possessing less than an ounce of marijuana would go from a misdemeanor to a violation in Arkansas, punishable by up to a $200 fine.
The violation would also not be considered a previous conviction. State law currently makes four previous convictions of one to four ounces of marijuana a Class D felony.
One of the bill’s sponsors, St. Rep. Charles Blake, D-Little Rock, said it will run for the first time in committee this week.
The legislature is trying to wrap up the session by April 12.