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Tagged With: Possession

Wyoming: Bill To Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties Advances

Legislation, HB 197, to amend marijuana possession penalties has passed out of Committee and now faces action on the House floor. Passage of the measure would reduce existing marijuana possession penalties from up to one year in jail and a $ 1,000 fine to no more than 20 days in jail and a $ 200 fine for first-time … Continue reading »

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South Dakota: Legislation Pending to Eliminate Internal Possession Offenses

More than a dozen lawmakers are backing legislation, Senate Bill 129, to eradicate the state’s marijuana possession by ingestion law. Under the law, one can be charged with a felony drug offense if their past use of a marijuana shows up on a blood or urine test. In the case of cannabis, byproducts of THC … Continue reading »

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Maine Becomes Eighth State to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties

Maine has become the eighth state to eliminate criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis. Language in Question 1: the Marijuana Legalization Act, specific to the private possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults took effect today. It permits adults who are not participating in the state’s existing medical cannabis … Continue reading »

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New York: Legislation Pending to Eliminate ‘Public View’ Marijuana Possession Arrests

Legislation has been pre-filed for the 2017 legislative session to eliminate the ‘public view’ loophole exception in New York state’s marijuana law. Abuse of this provision has led to hundreds of thousands of needless marijuana arrests in recent years, primarily in New York City, despite the possession of the plant being decriminalized in the state … Continue reading »

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Connecticut: Senate President Pro Tem Introduces Measure To Regulate Cannabis Possession and Commerce

Senate legislation has been prefiled for the 2017 legislative session to regulate the personal use and retail sale of marijuana by adults. Proposed bill 339 seeks to establish regulations regarding the licensed production and sale of cannabis. Additional legislation specific to regulating the adult use of marijuana is also expected to be introduced soon in … Continue reading »

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Illinois: Measure Seeks to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to permit adults to legally possess and cultivate personal use amounts of marijuana.  Senate Bill 753 amends the criminal code to remove criminal and civil penalties specific to the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to five plants by those age 21 or … Continue reading »

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Georgia: Bill Introduced To Eliminate Marijuana Possession Felonies

Legislation has been pre-filed for the 2016 legislative session to eliminate felony marijuana possession laws. Senate Bill 254 amends the state criminal code so that no marijuana possession offense may any longer be classified as a felony. Nearly a dozen states have similar laws.  Under state law, any marijuana possession offense involving more than one ounce of … Continue reading »

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Tennessee: Cities Move To Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Members of the Nashville metro council and the Memphis city council have given final approval to municipal legislation providing police the discretion to cite rather than arrest minor marijuana offenders. Nashville city council members voted 35 to 3 in late September in favor of the new ordinance. It provides police the option of issuing $ … Continue reading »

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Connecticut: Lawmakers Table Measures To Regulate Cannabis Possession and Commerce

Two separate House bills were introduced this session to regulate the personal use and retail sale of marijuana by adults. Proposed Bill 5209, reintroduced by Rep. Juan Candelaria and colleagues, sought to establish regulations regarding the adult possession, licensed production and sale of cannabis. A separate, more detailed measure, proposed bill 5236, similarly sought to permit … Continue reading »

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Georgia: Lawmakers Take No Action On House Bill That Seeks to Amend Minor Marijuana Possession Penalties

House lawmakers did not take action on House Bill 1046, legislation to amend state law so that minor marijuana offenders no longer face jail time, prior to a legislative deadline and therefore the legislation has been tabled for the remainder of this session.  If approved, the legislation would have made the first time possession of … Continue reading »

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