Marijuana Decriminalization in the United States

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14 states have decriminalized marijuana. Nearly 115,000,000 people – over 1/3 of total U.S. population -- live in states where marijuana possession is decriminalized.
City/State Alaska Year 1975 Resolution or Initiative Supreme Court Precedent1 Possession Amount Possession up to 1 oz or 25 plants in residence or home Violation or Misdemeanor None Public Display/ Smoking Provision N/A Fine None None Jail Time

California

2010

Legislation SB 1449

Possession of up to 1 ounce (28 grams) Up to 2 ounces (56 grams)

Violation

N/A

$100

None

Colorado

1975

Legislation

Petty offense

Marijuana displayed or used in public could result in an additional 15 day jail sentence.

$100

Only if used or displayed in public

Connecticut

2011

Legislation

Up to half an ounce (14 grams)

Civil Infraction

N/A

$100

None

Maine

1976

Legislation

Massachusetts

2008

Ballot Initiative Question 2 Received over 60% of the vote

Up to 2.5 oz, considered a “usable amount (72 grams) Up to 1 ounce (28 grams)

Civil Violation

N/A

$350-$600

None

Civil offense

Various local towns impose a $300 misdemeanor fine for smoking marijuana in public

$100 Offenders under 18 are required to attend a drug awareness class or pay a $1000 fine. $200 with a possible required drug education class 1st offense: $100 - $250. 2nd offense within two years : $250

None

Minnesota

1976

Legislation

Mississippi

1977

Legislation

Up to 42.5 grams (1.4 grams in motor vehicle, except in the trunk) 30 grams or less

Misdemeanor

N/A

None

Misdemeanor resulting in a summons but not arrest Violation or Misdemeanor

N/A

1st offense: none 2nd offense: 5 - 60 days in jail Jail Time

City/State

Year

Resolution or Initiative

Possession Amount

Public Display/ Smoking Provision

Fine

1 Ravin v. State, ruled the right to privacy in one's home included the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. A 2006 law recriminalizing small amounts of

marijuana was struck down because it conflicted with the 1975 Supreme Court case

Nebraska

1978

Legislation

1 oz or less (28 grams)

Nevada

2002

Legislation

less than 1 oz (28 grams)

1st offense: civil citation 2nd offense: Class IV misdemenaor (1 Oz or less) 3rd offense: Class IIIA misdemanor (1 Oz or less) 1st offense: Misdemeanor (Rehabilitation/ Treatment) 2nd offense: Misdemeanor (Rehabilitation/ Treatment) 3rd offese: Gross Misdemenaor 4th offense: Class E Felony

N/A

1st offense: $300 and possible drug education class 2nd offense: $400 3rd offense: $500

1st offense: none 2nd offense: possible jail 5 days or less. 3rd offense: possible jail time 7 days or less

N/A

1st offense: $600 or possible drug treatment. 2nd offense: $1,000 3rd offense: $2,000 4th offense: $5,000

1st offense: None 2nd offense: None 3rd offense: up to one year in jail 4th offense: 1 - 4 years in prison

New York

1977

Legislation

25 grams or less

Violation

Displaying or using marijuana in public is Class B misdemanor, punishable by up to 3 months in jail and a $500 fine N/A

1st offense: $100 2nd offense w/n 3 years of 1st offense: $200 3rd offense w/n 3 years of 1st offense: $250

North Carolina

1977

Legislation

one half oz or less (14 grams) Less than 100 grams

Misdemeanor Minor misdemeanor – which does not give you a criminal record Civil Violation

$200

Ohio

1975

Legislation

N/A

$150

1st offense: None 2nd offense w/n 3 year of 1st offense: None rd offense w/n 3 years of 1st offense: up to 15 days in jail Jail up to 30 days, but mandatory jail suspension None

Oregon

1973

Legislation

Less than 1 oz (28 grams)

N/A

$500 - $1,000

None

*Total U.S population living in decriminalized states = +/-115,000,000

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