MADISON – Residents of Madison will now be able to possess and consume small amounts of marijuana under a series of ordinances passed by the city's Common Council.
The ordinances will allow people 18 or over within Madison to possess up to 28 grams of cannabis on public or private property, beginning on Friday. Those in possession of the substance will also be able to smoke it or consume it by other means, with the permission of the homeowner, landlord or tenant.
The ordinances do not allow cannabis to be smoked in areas already deemed non-smoking, like the inside of bars and restaurants, and does not allow the possession or consumption of synthetic chemical cannabinoids.
They also allow for the possession of paraphernalia for cannabis use, such as bongs or pipes, but ban consumption in a motor vehicle while in operation by both the driver and passengers, within 1,000 feet of a school and on a school bus.
The legalization of the substance in the city is a big step forward and long overdue, said council member Michael Verveer, the representative for the city's 4th district, which includes much of Madison's downtown.