This week Shawnee City Commissioners OK'd an ordinance that created regulations for the simple possession of controlled dangerous substances.

This week Shawnee City Commissioners OK'd an ordinance that created regulations for the simple possession of controlled dangerous substances.

The change adopts and incorporates the Oklahoma Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act — but only to the extent that it regulates misdemeanor offenses.

Shawnee Police Chief Mason Wilson said creation of a municipal misdemeanor offense was necessary since — until recently — those types of offenses were categorized as felonies.

With the passage of State Questions 780 and 781 in 2016, simple drug possession and certain property crimes have been reclassified from felonies to misdemeanors across the state.

The Shawnee board voted in favor of creating the local ordinance to line up with state regulations.

An emergency clause also was unanimously approved by commissioners, making the ordinance effective immediately.

According to the ordinance, penalties for violation are as follows:

• Upon conviction of the first offense, the offender will be fined at least $100, but no more than $500, plus costs and/or jail time that cannot exceed 30 days.

• For a second offense (or more), fines are $500, plus costs and/or jail time that cannot exceed 60 days.