The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Politics

March 31, 2013

Debate over pot penalties not over in Indiana

(Continued)

INDIANAPOLIS —

Current laws in U.S.

  • 15 states have reduced marijuana possession to a fine-only offense.
  •  9 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island) have passed laws that define the private, non-medical possession of marijuana by adults as a civil, non-criminal offense.
  •  5 states (Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio) treat marijuana possession offenses as a fine-only misdemeanor offense.
  •  4 states (Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, and New Jersey) have legislative chambers that have passed measures this year to reclassify minor marijuana offenses as non-criminal violations, punishable by a fine only — no arrest, no jail, and no criminal record.
  •  2 states (Colorado and Washington) recently imposed separate legislation legalizing the private possession of marijuana.
  • 1 state (Alaska) imposes no criminal or civil penalty for the private possession of small amounts of marijuana.

 

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