Council might consider easing penalties for marijuana cultivation

Columbia's relaxed laws on pot possession soon could extend to growing small amounts of marijuana.

At the end of Monday night's Columbia City Council meeting, Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe asked city staff to draft an ordinance setting a maximum penalty of $250 for growing up to six plants. Hoppe was responding to a request from attorney Dan Viets, a longtime advocate of eliminating penalties for marijuana.