Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker recently announced that her office will stop prosecuting most marijuana possession cases. Earlier this year St. Louis City Prosecuting Attorney, Kim Gardner, took similar action on simple possession cases of up to 100 grams.
Since the unanimous passage of Atlanta City Ordinance 17-O-1152, which reduced the penalty for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana within the city limits of Atlanta to $75.00 and no jail time, what effect is the ordinance having on “simple possession” arrests in Atlanta?
As state lawmakers in Georgia continue to drag their feet on marijuana law reforms, municipalities across the Peach State are taking matters into their own hands. Kingsland is the seventh municipality to ease penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.
Since passing marijuana decriminalization measures in Philadelphia, State College, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, York, Erie, and Bethlehem, marijuana advocates in Pennsylvania are headed to Harrisburg to discuss their 2019 legislative priorities with state lawmakers.
Democrat Gov. John Carney signed legislation into law today vacating past marijuana convictions.
Just a few weeks after Delaware NORML made the trek down to Washington DC, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) cosponsored The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act (S. 3174), far-reaching legislation that would end the federal prohibition of marijuana and provide resources to expunge the criminal records of those who suffer the collateral consequences of a possession charge.
Members of Lehigh Valley NORML, Pittsburgh NORML, Keystone Cannabis Coalition, and ACLU-PA have organized a Rally and Lobby Day in Harrisburg on Monday, September 24, 2018. The Rally is from 10-11 AM, with a full day of lobbying to follow. We hope that many of you can find the time to join us!
Democrat Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation permitting those with past marijuana convictions to have their records expunged. “If an act has been decriminalized since a person was charged and paid their price for it, that person shouldn’t have to keep paying the price in the form of being denied jobs and other opportunities because of their criminal record,” bill sponsor Sen. Harold Metts said in a statement.
Even though recreational marijuana remains criminalized in a majority of US states, more and more municipalities are moving ahead with local laws decriminalizing the possession of cannabis within city limits. For the first time, NORML has released a comprehensive breakdown of these citywide and countywide decriminalization policies.
Texas GOP Platform Now Supports Decriminalization, Re-Scheduling, Hemp and an Inclusive Medical Program