Legislation takes effect on Saturday, January 11, decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses.
The new law, which was passed in July, reduces penalties involving the possession of up to three grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a criminal record, to a non-criminal violation – punishable by a $130 fine. It also provides procedures for the courts to grant an expungement order for those previously convicted of a marijuana possession offense involving no more than three grams.
The law was enacted absent the Governor’s signature.
Lawmakers are hoping to expand the scope of the law in the coming legislative session.