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ELKO – Two people arrested on Jan. 1 for smoking marijuana in public received a reduced sentence in justice court Monday.

Marcus Conner, 24, of Carlin and Stephany Dennis, 21, of Elko both pleaded guilty to committing a public nuisance before Elko Justice of the Peace Mason Simons. In exchange for the plea, the charge of possession of one ounce or less of marijuana was dismissed, according to court records.

The defendants were ordered to each pay a fine of $355 by the end of the day, court records said.

Conner and Dennis were arrested shortly after midnight Jan. 1 at Cowboys bar on Idaho Street.

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While Nevada law permits the use of medical and recreational marijuana, it is illegal to consume or smoke in public places.

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Staff writer for the Elko Daily Free Press

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