A bill that would decriminalize cultivation of small amounts of marijuana in Columbia has been endorsed by one city commission.

The Columbia Disabilities Commission voted unanimously last week to endorse legislation offered by Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Hoppe's bill would allow people who grow up two plants to face a fine of only $250, while people who are considered seriously ill could grow two plants without any penalties.

The Columbia City Council asked the commission to make a recommendation on the bill. It also asked for recommendations from the Columbia Board of Health and the Substance Abuse Advisory Commission, which both declined to endorse the proposal.

The council voted last week to table discussion of Hoppe's bill until its Oct. 20 meeting.

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