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Democrats in the state House want to downgrade the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana to a civil infraction similar to a traffic ticket.
Simple marijuana possession is currently a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by a suspended sentence and a $200 fine.
Democrat Rep. Susan Fisher of Asheville is among the group of lawmakers backing the bill. ...
Fifty-six percent of North Carolina voters believe the penalty for marijuana possession should entail only a fine, according to a Public Policy Polling survey of 611 voters released in March.