Oshkosh group petitions to reduce marijuana possession penalty

lighting a marijuana joint

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) – The group Decriminalize Oshkosh is petitioning to reduce penalties for marijuana possession.

The group needs signatures from 15 percent of Oshkosh residents who voted in the last election for governor.

The city has 30 days to approve the signatures and either enact the ordinance as written or put it on the ballot for the spring election.

The group is proposing an ordinance to make a first offense possession of 25 grams or less a $25 fine. Current citations are $125-$500.

“As a cancer patient, survivor and somebody who’s been petitioning for awhile, we hear stories of people in the community who are currently dying, epileptic a variety of conditions people that need and use marijuana,” said Mark Kelderman of Decriminalize Oshkosh.

The group believes it has collected enough signatures.