On March 5th, the Washington, DC city council voted to decriminalize the use of marijuana. Those caught in possession of marijuana quantities of less than an ounce (the equivalent of about sixty joints) now will only be fined $25, lower than the other 16 states with decriminalization laws on the books and the lowest fine in the country. Under the new law, possession and smoking in the privacy of your own home will no longer be considered breaking the law. Public smoking will still be considered a criminal offense. According to the Washington Post , the bill would equate smoking marijuana in public to toting an open can of beer; a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of $500 and up to six months in jail, down from a potential $1,000 fine and one-year jail sentence.
NORML, an organization working for federal legalization of marijuana list states that have legalized non-medical marijuana or reduced criminal penalties for use and possession. Click the link to detail the specific state law. . .
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island