Marijuana Decriminalized in Maryland Starting Today

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:06 am

Now the penalty for getting caught with a small amount of marijuana in Maryland is a small fine instead of possible jail time. Back in April Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed into law SB 364, but the law didn’t take effect until today, October 1st. This makes Maryland the 17th state plus D.C. where marijuana is [...]

Rahm Emanuel Calls on State to Decriminalize Marijuana

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 10:24 am

Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff for President Obama, Rahm Emanuel (D) has called on the Illinois state legislature to reform drug laws and decriminalize marijuana. Emanuel is asking the legislature to adopt a statewide version of the 2012 Chicago law that made possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana only [...]

Marijuana Decriminalization Will Likely Be on Santa Fe November Ballot

By: Monday August 18, 2014 9:16 am

Marijuana decriminalization will likely be the November ballot in Santa Fe, New Mexico. According to the Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign, the Santa Fe City Clerk certified that enough valid signatures had been turned in for their initiative to qualify. It now goes to the city council for them to either directly approve it or allow it [...]

Merely Decriminalizing Marijuana Isn’t Enough

By: Friday July 18, 2014 9:25 am

Yesterday one of the best marijuana decriminalization laws in the country took effect in Washington D.C. This may leave some asking why Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization measure set to make the November ballot in the District, is still necessary. Unfortunately, history has shown merely decriminalizing marijuana isn’t enough. Decriminalization doesn’t always stop small marijuana arrests. While [...]

Starting Today Marijuana Is Decriminalized in the Nation’s Capital

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 5:38 am

Not only will possession result in just a small fine, but the law also prohibits police officers from using the smell of marijuana as a pretext for conducting a search. D.C. now has one of the most progressive marijuana laws in the country.

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