An Alabama lawmaker said Wednesday that he wants to increase the amount of marijuana needed to invoke a drug trafficking charge.
Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, said most other Southern states level a trafficking charge when someone’s caught with 8 or 10 pounds of marijuana, while in Alabama, the limit is one kilogram, or 2.2 pounds.
Brewbaker said he’s not a proponent of pot legalization, but wants to give prosecutors more leeway in dealing with defendants who are caught growing their own.
“The roots, the seeds, everything counts toward the weight,” he said. A single plant might weigh a kilogram, he said, but only a small portion of that would be the actual drug.
Alabama lawmakers in recent years have given no sign they intend to join the growing list of states that are decriminalizing pot. Bills to legalize medical use of the drug and to make marijuana possession a minor violation, similar to a traffic ticket, have gone nowhere. It took legislators more than one session to agree to approve a