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File #: 76490    Version: 1 Name: Supporting the Reopening and Dismissal of Certain Municipal Court Cannabis Convictions
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/1/2023 In control: Council Office
On agenda: 3/21/2023 Final action: 3/21/2023
Enactment date: 3/24/2023 Enactment #: RES-23-00273
Title: Supporting the Reopening and Dismissal of Certain Municipal Court Cannabis Convictions
Sponsors: Michael E. Verveer, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Grant Foster, Patrick W. Heck, Tag Evers, Sabrina V. Madison, Erik Paulson, Keith Furman, Sheri Carter, Regina M. Vidaver, Barbara Vedder, Nikki Conklin
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution supports the reopening and dismissal of certain Municipal Court cannabis convictions. No appropriation is required with this resolution.
City officials and staff plan to remove casual cannabis possession convictions from individuals’ records between February 2019 and December 2020, and issue refunds where appropriate under the authority of ordinance changes adopted in 2020. Adoption of this resolution will not impact that process.
Municipal Court staff estimate it will take about 40 hours to process the cases and that the City will refund approximately $11,000. In addition, about 150 cases will be dismissed where no payment was received so the City will be forgiving about $18,000 in judgments. It is anticipated that the work will be completed with existing resources.
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Supporting the Reopening and Dismissal of Certain Municipal Court Cannabis Convictions
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WHEREAS, the City of Madison’s mission is to be a community that is inclusive, innovative, and thriving; and,

WHEREAS, on November 17, 2020, the Madison Common Council passed an ordinance to repeal and recreate Section 23.20 and amending Section 1.08(3)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances to update regulations concerning cannabis and revise bail deposits for violations thereof; and,

WHEREAS, MGO 23.20(4) was enacted on December 4, 2020, and terminates Municipal Court prosecution of individuals who are 18 years or age or older and who possess 28 grams (slightly less than an ounce) or less of cannabis and cannabis derivatives on private or public property with the permission of the owner, landlord or tenant; and,

WHEREAS, City officials and staff plan to remove casual cannabis possession convictions from individuals’ records by reopening and dismissing all casual possession of cannabis cases between February 2019 (the current record retention period) and December 2020; and,

WHEREAS, the City Attorney’s office plans to file a motion requesting to reopen these ca...

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