'The penalty is just so extreme, it's insane': Man on a mission to decriminalize marijuana in Wisconsin city


Ben Kollock was a kid when he learned an important life lesson from the cartoon character Captain Planet: If he sees an injustice in the world, he should do something about it.

Kollock sees an injustice in Stevens Point, and he’s following the lessons he learned from superheroes, the Stevens Point Journal reported. The 28-year-old wants the city to reform its policies surrounding marijuana possession to keep people caught with a small amount of the drug out of the criminal system.

One year ago, Kollock persuaded the Stevens Point City Council that $300 is too much money to charge people who are caught for the first time with up to 5 grams of marijuana. Now he’s calling for more reforms: He wants the city to decriminalize possession of up to 25 grams, or roughly an ounce, of marijuana. He also wants people to be ticketed instead of charged with...

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