GARY, Ind. (AP) — A proposal to decriminalize marijuana in Gary fell one vote short of passage amid concerns that it would overstep Indiana law.

Gary City Council members voted 4-4 this week on the proposal to reduce the criminal penalty for marijuana possession in the northwestern Indiana city by lowering the fine to $100 for people found in possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana. It also would have eliminated jail time.

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Councilwoman Lavetta Sparks-Wade tells The (Northwest) Indiana Times she abstained from voting because the council’s attorney advised the council that it would circumvent state law.

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Council attorney Rinzer Williams says the proposal was “a glaring attempt to usurp” Indiana’s restrictive home rule law that bars local municipalities from reducing penalties outlined in state criminal statute.

 

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