Cannabis Possession Now Decriminalized in Delaware

cannabis possessionThe possession of up to an ounce of cannabis is no longer a criminal offense for those 21 and older in Delaware, thanks to House Bill 39 officially taking effect at 12:00am EST on Friday, December 18th.

The new law makes it so that those 21 and older caught possessing up to an ounce of cannabis in Delaware can no longer be arrested, charged with a criminal misdemeanor and put in jail for up to 3 months, as the law previously allowed. The fine is set at a maximum of $100.

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Delaware House of Representatives Passes Legislation to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

The Guardian jointDelaware’s full House of Representatives has passed House Bill 39, a proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The vote was 24 to 14.

Under the proposed law, introduced by Representative Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South), those caught possessing up to an ounce of cannabis would, at most, given an $100 ticket. Smoking in public, however, would remain a criminal misdemeanor with a potential 5-day jail sentence and a $200 fine.

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Illinois House Approves Cannabis Decriminalization Bill

With illinoisa 62 to 53 vote, the Illinois House of Representatives gave passage Thursday to House Bill 218, a proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

Under the proposed law, those caught possessing up to 15 grams of cannabis would no longer face the possibility of jail time, but instead would face a ticket of no more than $125. Under current Illinois law, the possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor which can result in imprisonment for up to a year.

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Wichita, Kansas Decriminalizes Cannabis

Voters in jointWichita, the largest city in Kansas, have approved an initiative to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

The initiative was approved with 54% in favor, 46% opposed, roughly the same percentage that approved legalization initiatives in 2012 in Colorado and Washington State.

The initiative decriminalizes the possession of up to 32 grams of cannabis for those 21 and older, making it a simple $50 civil infraction with no possibility of jail time. Under current Wichita law, the possession of even a miniscule amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor with a potential year-long jail sentence.

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Poll: 61% of American Voters Support Cannabis Legalization, 72% Support Decriminalization

New pollingamerileaf released by the Benenson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker shows that a strong majority of voters in the United States are in favor of legalizing cannabis, with an ever higher percentage in support of decriminalizing cannabis.

According to the Beyond the Beltway poll, 61% of voters agree that state-regulated sales of cannabis should be legal; just 39% oppose the move.

Support for decriminalization is considerably higher, with 72% saying they believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis should be reduced from a potential jail sentence to a simple fine of $25 to $100. According to the poll; “Even among Republicans (68%) and conservatives (63%), support lowering the punishment for possession.”

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Cannabis Possession Now Decriminalized in U.S. Virgin Islands

Legislation virginislandsdecriminalizing the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis in the United States Virgin Islands became law on Friday after the Senate voted unanimously to override Governor’s John P. DeJongh’s veto.

Under the new law – which was included as a provision in the territory’s 2015 budget, and line-item vetoed by Governor DeJongh –  the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis is no longer an arrestable offense, but instead is a ticket of no more than $200. If someone under 18 is caught in possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, they’ll receive an $100 fine, their parents will be notified and they will be required to complete a drug awareness program. Under previous law, the possession of any amount of cannabis was a potential year-long prison sentence, in addition to a potential $5,000 fine.

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Virginia Lawmakers to Consider Decriminalizing Cannabis Next Month

By Robert Capecchi, Deputy Director of State Policies, Marijuana Policy Project

When the Virginia Legislaturevirginia convenes in January, a bill to stop criminalizing those who simply possess marijuana will be awaiting consideration.

Today, an individual convicted of marijuana possession in Virginia can be thrown in jail for up to thirty days, fined up to $500, or both! This overly punitive approach can destroy dreams — a criminal conviction makes it harder to get a job, housing, and education. Criminalizing marijuana possession also wastes vast amounts of resources. In 2012, there were more than 20,000 arrests made in Virginia for marijuana possession. It takes time for police to book marijuana users, prosecutors to try cases, and labs to test marijuana. Meanwhile, more than half of all reported rapes and 80% of all burglaries went unsolved.

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Philadelphia Cannabis Decriminalization Law Takes Effect October 20th

A proposal that decriminalizes the possession of up to 30 gramsphilly2014 of cannabis will officially take effect tomorrow, October 20th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Under the new law, which was signed into law by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on October 1st after being approved 14 to 2 by the City Council, those caught possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis will be given a $25 ticket, unless they’re caught smoking in public, in which case the ticket will be raised to $100.

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Philadelphia Mayor Signs Cannabis Decriminalization Bill, Takes Effect October 20th

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law today a proposal whichphilly will decriminalize the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis within the city, a move that was supported 14 to 2 by the City’s Council.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has agreed to abide by the new law, which will find cannabis decriminalized in Philadelphia, while remaining a criminal charge in the State of Pennsylvania.

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Maryland Decriminalization Bill Now in Effect

The possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis is no longer a criminal offensemaryland in Maryland, as Senate Bill 364 becomes law.

Senate Bill 364, which was signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley in April, officially took effect at midnight (EST), October 1st. The proposal makes the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis a simple $100 ticket for someone’s first offense, instead of an arrestable misdemeanor as it was before. A person’s second offense will be a ticket of $250, and all following offense will be a $500 ticket.

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