By Derrick DePledge
The state House Judiciary Committee moved a bill Thursday that would decriminalize the possession of around one ounce -- or 20 grams -- of marijuana and set a civil penalty at $100.
The Senate had set the fine at $1,000 as a sweetener for the House to consider decriminalization, which lawmakers had previously rejected. Senators had said that they hoped the civil fine would be $100, which is the typical penalty issued for similar possession cases under criminal law.
The House Judiciary Committee had deferred a bill earlier this session that would have legalized small amounts of marijuana for personal use.