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Woodstock City Council to consider lowering fines for marijuana possession

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A grower holds a marijuana plant being grown for medical purposes May 13, 2009, inside a greenhouse on a farm in Potter Valley, Calif.
AP file photo A grower holds a marijuana plant being grown for medical purposes May 13, 2009, inside a greenhouse on a farm in Potter Valley, Calif.

WOODSTOCK – Woodstock officials are considering lowering fines for marijuana possession, provided that the offender has less than 10 grams when caught.

The city’s municipal code mandates that police issue a $500 to $700 fine for the offense, according to code.

These regulations were in line with Illinois state law until the decriminalization of the drug.

Woodstock officials now will consider lowering fines to a minimum of $100 with a maximum of $200, which more closely aligns with current state fines, according to city documents.

The state decriminalization of marijuana doesn’t bar municipalities from setting their own fines for the offense.

In addition to lowering fines for people caught with small amounts, City Council members will consider removing the $750 fine cap for offenders who get caught with more than 10 grams.

The minimum for those caught with that amount will stay at $500, according to city documents.

The Woodstock City Council will meet to consider the matter at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun St.

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