Annually, state and local police make some 16,000 marijuana possession arrests. The state ranks 19th in the nation in per capita marijuana possession arrests. Under state law, first-time marijuana possession offenses are classified as a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to six-months in jail and a $ 1,000 fine. Subsequent offenses are classified as felony offenses, punishable by up to 3.5 years in prison and a $ 10,000 fine.
NORML would like to thank those of you who contacted your lawmakers and urged their support for this legislation.
For more information on this and other state-specific reform activities, contact your regional NORML chapter here.