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YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (Fairborn Daily Herald) — In a unanimous vote during a recent council meeting, Yellow Springs voted to decriminalize marijuana. By reducing the penalties for marijuana possession, leaders hope the number of people with criminal records for minor weed-related offenses will be lower.

By amending Chapter 624 of the village’s Code of Ordinances, possession or cultivation of less than 100 grams of marijuana has gone from a minor misdemeanor to a civil infraction with a fine of up to $25. Possession or cultivation of less than 200 grams has gone from a fourth-degree misdemeanor to a civil infraction with a fine of up to $50.

Unlike a misdemeanor, a civil infraction is a non-criminal offense, and does not constitute a possible jail sentence. Council President Brian Housh…

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