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Reforming marijuana possession ordinances would save hundreds of arrests

Oklahoma City police say marijuana possession is the "top-line" offense in hundreds of arrests each year. 

Chief Bill Citty has proposed changing city ordinances on possession of marijuana to allow for "field release" of suspects.

They would be handed a $400 citation that could be paid at the Municipal Court pay window, just like a traffic ticket. 

Under current ordinances, individuals caught with marijuana are arrested and taken to jail.

They can face a fine up to $1,200 and six months in jail.

Police say marijuana possession as the "top-line" offense resulted in 619 arrests in 2016 and 639 arrests in 2017.

The city council will hold a public hearing on the issue Tuesday.

Citty introduced the proposal at the city council meeting Aug. 28.

It is part of reforms for nonviolent offenses intended to save taxpayers' money and reduce the incarceration rate.

Police Chief Bill Citty
Police Chief Bill Citty

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William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›