Denver’s marijuana policy review panel agreed Wednesday to send a letter to the presiding judge of Denver County Court urging a $1 fine as penalty for possession of marijuana of less than an ounce.
The current fine schedule indicates a $50 fine for such offenses, plus a $100 drug surcharge required by the state of Colorado and a $10 “bureau fee.”
Mason Tvert, a member of the panel and the executive director of Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation, which has pushed decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, said state law requires the surcharge and the $10 bureau fee.
He said that if Presiding Judge Marcy Celeste accepts the recommendations, the penalty would still stand at $111.
Tvert said lowering the fine would send a message to police “that it is not worth their time or the court’s to issue any more citations.”The panel agreed to send the letter to the judge on a 6-2 vote.