Written by Gage Fenwick
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In the early hours of 4/20, three of Auburn University’s softball players were arrested on marijuana charges and indefinitely suspended from the team.
“Shortstop Haley Fagan, pitcher Makayla Martin and outfielder Brittany Maresette were each arrested at an address on E. Samford Ave at 12:47 a.m. Thursday for possession of marijuana in the second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to arrest reports, which show Auburn police responded to a call.”
In Alabama, this charge carries a penalty of up to $6,000 fine and no more than one year of jail time for the class A misdemeanor. The three athletes have been set a court date of August 31st.
Alabama is one of the most conservative states in the nation with a very large opinion against marijuana. In 2016, Leni’s Law was passed in order to allow medical cannabis oil to be prescribed to patients with severe seizures and other ailments. The law faced much opposition from notable figures throughout the state. Leni’s Law was the first step towards marijuana legalization in Alabama, but it is not expected to progress much any time soon.
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