Maine: Voter-Initiated Changes In Law Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties

aine became 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 on Monday. Maine voters narrowly passed Question 1 on Election Day.

The new law permits adults who are not participating in the state's existing medical cannabis program to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and/or the harvest from up to six mature plants.

Public use of marijuana is a civil infraction punishable by a $100 fine.

MAINE:  Maine became 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 on Monday. Maine voters narrowly passed Question 1 on Election Day. The new law permits Read the full article…

Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Penalties In Illinois

10 grams or less of marijuana will be a civil offense, punishable with a fine of up to $200

By Ivan Moreno, AP ILLINOIS: Marijuana possession in small amounts in Illinois will be punishable by fines but not jail time after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that makes the state the third largest to decriminalize minor pot offenses. The new law, which takes effect immediately, makes having 10 grams or less of marijuana will be Read the full article…

Pittsburgh City Council Votes To Decriminalize Possession Of Small Amounts Of Marijuana

The bill allows city police to fine up to $100 for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, or 8 grams of hashish, instead of citing them for a misdemeanor.

PENNSYLVANIA: By a vote of 7-2, Pittsburgh City Council passed a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana this morning. The bill allows city police to fine up to $100 for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, or 8 grams of hashish, instead of citing them for a misdemeanor. Its sponsor, Public Read the full article…

D.C. Council Considers Letting Ban Expire On Marijuana Use In Private Businesses

Issues raised in the judiciary committee hearing Thursday ranged from government regulation and Congressional involvement to the punitive effects the ban has on businesses and residents who don’t own their homes.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: D.C. lawmakers are considering dozens of issues raised during public testimony surrounding whether it should ban marijuana use in private businesses. The clarification to the Marijuana Decriminalization Act would continue the ban put forward in emergency legislation passed after pot was legalized in D.C. Issues raised in the judiciary committee hearing Thursday ranged from Read the full article…

Colorado Court: Some Pot Cases Can Be Overturned

The Colorado Court of Appeals said people whose cases were under appeal when Amendment 64 on recreational marijuana took effect in December 2012 are eligible to have their convictions reversed.

COLORADO:  Some people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana can ask for those convictions to be thrown out under the law that legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, the state’s second-highest court ruled Thursday. The Colorado Court of Appeals said people whose cases were under appeal when Amendment 64 on recreational marijuana took effect in Read the full article…

Maryland Senate Expected To Vote On Decriminalizing Small Amounts Of Marijuana

The Senate bill would remove criminal penalties for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, enough to roll about two joints, and impose a civil fine of $100 instead.

MARYLAND: Maryland’s Senate is scheduled to vote Friday on a measure that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. If approved, the bill goes to House of Delegates, where similar legislation last year died in committee. The Senate bill would remove criminal penalties for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, enough to roll about two Read the full article…

Could Arizona Legalize Marijuana? Two Groups Want Issue On Ballot

In a Pew Research Center poll released last week, Millennials were noted as overwhelmingly supportive of marijuana legalization at a stunning 69% rate, more than double their support as recently as 2005. And older generations have changed their minds as well; 53% of Gen X and 52% of Boomers now back changing federal laws.

ARIZONA: When Scott Cecil wound up facing a felony charge for possessing marijuana for his own use, he started to think the so-called war on drugs was targeting the wrong people. “It really made me realize there are hundreds of thousands of people per year that are arrested for marijuana and other drugs,” he said. “They Read the full article…

Few Fines, Convictions Under St. Louis Marijuana Ordinance

Only one person who pleaded guilty to a possession charge has been convicted and fined for possessing pot under the new ordinance.

MISSOURI:  Since last summer, 127 people have been charged under a new city ordinance reducing penalties for those caught with small amounts of marijuana. Only one person who pleaded guilty to a possession charge has been convicted and fined for possessing pot under the new ordinance. Most of the cases have yet to reach a Read the full article…

Momentum Is Seen As More States Consider Legalizing Marijuana

At least 14 states — including Florida, where an initiative has already qualified for the ballot — are considering new medical marijuana laws this year

A little over a year after Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, more than half the states, including some in the conservative South, are considering decriminalizing the drug or legalizing it for medical or recreational use. That has set up a watershed year in the battle over whether marijuana should be as acceptable as alcohol. Demonstrating Read the full article…

These Are The 10 Highest Cities In America

After an amount of research that would seem like the most seriously difficult thing ever to a habitual toker, we concluded that, yes, the Mile-High City really is the best place for getting high in the 50 states–but it’s not alone.

COLORADO: Potheads across the country were given cause to lazily sit forward on their couches and clap unenthusiastically last week when Colorado’s controversial Amendment 64 went into effect, legalizing (at the state level) the recreational use of marijuana and the possession of up to one ounce of weed by residents of the state. This event has Read the full article…