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Senate approves tougher local enforcement of marijuana laws

Marijuana plant
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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Senate voted Tuesday to give communities more power to enforce marijuana possession laws. 

On a 24-9 vote, senators gave municipalities the okay to enforce more anti-pot laws, in cases in which state district attorneys refuse to prosecute. 

Under current law, communities can enforce ordinances prohibiting the possession of 25 grams or less of real or synthetic marijuana. They cannot enforce the possession of more than 25 grams. Nor can the locals enforce two-time possession offenses of any amount. 

The bill passed Tuesday would give communities the okay to ban any amount of marijuana -- and to let the locals charge second offenses. 

Also, local officials can charge criminal pot offenders if the DAs decide not to take those cases. The bill now goes to the Assembly.