- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A proposal from the Mobile mayor’s office would decriminalize several minor offenses, including possession of marijuana for personal use.

News outlets report that Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s proposed ordinance will be introduced at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Under the code change, police would issue an Alabama Uniform Non-Traffic Citation and Complaint, which typically carries a $100 fine and court costs.

City Attorney Ricardo Woods says the plan’s primary goal is increased public safety and the change is primarily procedural. The municipal code currently requires police to make custodial arrests for minor offenses, constraining police resources and presence. Woods says officers would still have the discretion to make arrests in the interest of public safety.

Stimpson’s director of communications George Talbot says the measure wouldn’t make public use of marijuana acceptable.

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