Maryland Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Takes Effect October 1st

Senate Bill 364, a proposal to decriminalizecannabud small amounts of cannabis, will officially take effect on October 1st in Maryland.

The measure, signed into law by the state’s governor in April, decriminalizes the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis, making it a simple $100 ticket for someone’s first offense. A second offense will be a ticket of $250, with all subsequent tickets being a maximum fine of $500. Under no circumstance will the personal possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis result in a criminal charge.

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Sante Fe City Council Passes Proposal to Decriminalize Cannabis, Takes Effect Next Month

The Sante Fe City Council has voted in favor of decriminalizing the possessioncannabisplant of small amounts of cannabis after activists submitted enough signatures to put the issue to a vote this November.

Earlier this month the Sante Fe City Clerk verified that 5,754 valid signatures were submitted to put an initiative to decriminalize cannabis to a vote of the people, more than the 5,673 required. This sent the proposal to the City Council, which had the option of putting the proposal on the November ballot, or simply passing it into law; they chose the latter with a 5 to 4 vote.

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Albuquerque City Council Votes to Put Cannabis Decriminalization Initiative on November Ballot

The Albuquerque, New Mexico City Council, in a close 5 to 4 vote, has approved a move to put an initiative to decriminalize cannabis to a vote of the people this November.cannabisplant

The initiative would make the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis a simple $25 fine for those 21 and older. The proposal was initially pushed by local activists, though they narrowly missed the signature requirement to put the issue to a vote. That didn’t stop the council, however, from deciding they want voters to have their say.

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Enough Signatures Submitted to Put Cannabis Decriminalization to a Vote in Wichita, Kansas

At 4:20PM today, the group Kansas for Change submitted over twice the required amount of signatures needed to put their cannabiskfc decriminalization initiative to a vote of the people this November. The group was required to collect 3,000 signatures from registered Wichita voters. The city now has 6 days to verify the signatures.

Here’s the full text of the petition:

BE IT ORDAINED that in Wichita, Kansas, the municipal code shall be amended to remove all criminal penalties for possession of one ounce or less of cannabis/marijuana for adult personal or medical use and possession of paraphernalia; and that a maximum civil fine of $25.00 shall be implemented for possession of cannabis/marijuana and possession of paraphernalia for adults

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D.C. Decriminalization Bill Takes Effect Thursday

A proposal that decriminalizes the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis in Washington D.C., making it a simple $25 ticket rather than ancannabud arrestable misdemeanor, officially takes effect Thursday, despite efforts by federal lawmakers to halt the new law.

The proposal – Council Bill 20-409 – was signed by Mayor Vincent Gray in March, after being overwhelmingly approved by the district’s council. Only one councilor – Councilmember Alexander – voted against the proposal.

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Delaware House Committee Passes Proposal to Decriminalize Cannabis

Delaware’s House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee has given approval to House Bill 371, a proposal to decriminalize the possessiondelaware of cannabis for adults 21 and older.

Under the proposed law, introduced by Representative Helene Keeley, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis would become a simple $250 fine for those 21 and older, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor as it is currently. The fine would double if not paid within 90 days, and laws regarding minors would remain unchanged.

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Missouri Proposal That Decriminalizes Cannabis Becomes Law Without Governor’s Signature

Senate Bill 491, a proposal that greatly alters Missouri’s criminal code – including decriminalizing the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabismissouri – has become law without Governor Jay Nixon’s signature. The state’s legislature approved the measure with an 169 to 17.

Under current Missouri law, the possession of any amount of cannabis can net someone a prison sentence of up to a year. Under Senate Bill 491, the charge for possessing up to 10 grams of cannabis would be reduced to a simple fine, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor. Charges involving cannabis cultivation and distribution would also be reduced.

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Missouri Proposal That Would Decriminalize Cannabis Possession Approved by House and Senate, Sent to Governor

With overwhelming support Missouri’s House and Senate has approved Senate Bill 491, a proposal to reform the state’s criminal code which includes a provisioncannabud that decriminalizes the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis. The measure, which has been sent to Governor Jay Nixon for consideration, was approved 29 to 2 in the Senate, and 140 to 15 in the House. The supermajority vote means that the Legislature would likely override a veto if Governor Nixon decides to take that route.

Under current Missouri law, the possession of any amount of cannabis can net someone a prison sentence of up to a year. Under Senate Bill 491, the charge for possessing of up to 10 grams of cannabis would be reduced to a simple fine, similar to a traffic ticket.

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Maryland Governor to Sign Cannabis Decriminalization Measure Into Law

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has announced that he will sign legislation to decriminalize cannabis. The proposalmarylandSenate Bill 364 – was approved by the state’s Senate today with a 34 to 8 vote, just days after the House approved the same measure.

“As a young prosecutor, I once thought that decriminalizing the possession of marijuana might undermine the public will necessary to combat drug violence and improve public safety,” Governor O’Malley said in a statement. “I now think that [it] is an acknowledgment of the low priority that our courts, our prosecutors, our police and the vast majority of citizens already attach to this transgression of public order and public health.” 

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Maryland House Votes to Decriminalize Cannabis

A measure to decriminalize cannabis possession has passed through the Maryland House of Representatives in a decisive vote. The proposal would removemaryland criminal penalties for the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis.

Earlier this month Maryland’s Senate voted to approve the same measure, though the measure will go back to the Senate for one final vote given it was amended in the House Judiciary Committee. The House version, as with the Senate version, would make the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis a $100 ticket. However, the House version would make a second offense $250, and subsequent offenses $500; it would also call for drug rehab for those under 21.

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