If approved into law, the proposal would decriminalize the possession of up to 32 grams of cannabis for those 21 and older, making it a simple $50 ticket. Advocates of the initiative submitted enough signatures on January 7th to put the measure before the City Council, which had the option of either passing it into law, or placing it to a vote of the people; they chose the later with a 6 to 1 vote.
Approval by the nation’s Cabinet is the first major step towards the decriminalization bill becoming law, as it put it’s before the Legislature. If approved by the Legislature, as expected, it will go to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who has proposed decriminalizing cannabis in the past as a way of unclogging courts.
Delaware’s House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee has given approval to House Bill 371, a proposal to decriminalize the possession 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.
New Hampshire’s full House of Representatives, in a 215 to 92 vote, has approved House Bill 1625, a proposal to decriminalize cannabis possession, and to defelonize cannabis cultivation.
If approved into law, House Bill 1625 would make the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis a simple $100 ticket, and would make cultivation of up to six cannabis plants a Class A misdemeanor, rather than a felony.
Members of the Washington D.C. Council have given final approval to a proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis; only one councilor (Councilmember Alexander) voted in opposition. The proposal now goes to Mayor Vincent Gray – who’s in support of the measure – for consideration.
Under this new law, the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis will no longer be a criminal offense, but instead will become a $25 ticket. Current D.C. law finds the possession of any amount of cannabis a misdemeanor with a potential 6 month prison sentence.