Identical bills have been introduced in the Alabama House and Senate that aim to decriminalize, to some degree, the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Senator Dick Brewbaker (R-Pike Road) and Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) introduced the bills, which are scheduled for hearings on Thursday in Montgomery.

The new law would make possession of one ounce or less, so-called “personal use”, a ‘violation’ subject to a fine, and not jail time, and would not appear on a person’s arrest record upon the first two convictions. A third conviction would result in a Class A Misdemeanor. Under the current law, a first conviction for “personal use” is a Class A Misdemeanor.

Both bills have been referred to the Judaical Committees of the respective houses for hearings on Thursday.