Category Archives: Decriminalization

Indiana GOP Lawmakers Seek to Override Relaxed Marijuana Laws in Indianapolis

If local officials no longer want to enforce anti-marijuana laws, Indiana Republicans want the state to step in.  That is the gist of the legislation that was approved Tuesday by a panel in the state senate. The bill would allow the Indiana attorney general’s office to intervene if a county prosecutor were to not enforce […]

Austin Politician Proposes Ban on Using Government Funds for THC Testing

When Texas legalized hemp last year, it threw the state’s marijuana policing into some kind of chaos. All of a sudden, officers were largely left without proper testing technology to determine if suspects’ leafy greens possessed a THC percentage above the legal cutoff of 0.3 percent. As a result, law enforcement authorities across the state […]

Virginia Governor Wants To Decriminalize Low-Level Cannabis Possession

Virginia looks poised to join the ranks of states to decriminalize marijuana, with Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announcing last week that he backs the policy. The proposal is part of Northam’s broader criminal justice reform agenda for the new year, which along with cannabis decriminalization includes parole reform, raising the felony larceny threshold, raising the […]

Indiana State Senator Files Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

An Indiana lawmaker took the first steps this week toward decriminalizing marijuana in the state.  Karen Tallian, a state senator in Indiana, filed legislation on Monday to do just that. Under Tallian’s bill, possession of less than an ounce of pot would only be a ticketable offense accompanied by a small fine and, crucially, no […]

Democrats Working To Decriminalize Weed Possession In Wisconsin

Wisconsin Democrats introduced a bill on Wednesday that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis in the state, but chances of the measure succeeding in the Republican-led legislature appear to be slim. Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said on Wednesday that the penalties currently paid by those convicted of cannabis possession are unjust. “Possession […]

Florida Lawmaker Files Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

Democratic state Rep. Shevrin Jones of Florida introduced a bill in the legislature on Monday that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Under the measure, House Bill 25 (HB 25), possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana or cannabis products containing up to 600 milligrams of THC would no longer be a […]

New York’s Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a historic bill on Monday to decriminalize the possession of cannabis. “Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending this injustice once and for all,” he said. In 30 days, New Yorkers will no longer need to […]

Cleveland City Council Considering Cutting Consequences for Cannabis

The city council in Cleveland, Ohio will consider an ordinance that would eliminate the penalties for possessing moderate amounts of cannabis. The proposal was introduced on Wednesday by Councilman Blaine Griffin of Ward 6. Under Griffin’s proposal, all fines, penalties, and drug treatment requirements for possessing less than 200 grams (just over 7 ounces) of […]

Hawaii Officially Decriminalizes Small Quantities of Cannabis

The State of Hawaii decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis on Tuesday after an attempt by lawmakers to legalize the recreational use of marijuana failed earlier this year. Under the measure, House Bill 1383, possession of up to three grams of cannabis will no longer be subject to punishment with time in jail but […]