House lawmakers approved three pieces of legislation that would legalize adult use marijuana and decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.
“it is time for North Carolina to start having real conversations about a safe, measured, public health approach to potentially legalizing marijuana.”
City council members in Kansas City, Missouri approved a municipal ordinance repealing all local penalties specific to activities involving the personal possession of marijuana.
Members of the Ohio senate advanced a measure expanding the state’s long-standing decriminalization policies.
Legislation passed this spring decriminalizes possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and seals the records of past convictions from public view.
Members of the New Jersey state Assembly approved legislation to decriminalize the possession and distribution of up to two ounces of marijuana by adults.
In his veto message, the Governor wrote: “The language in the bill makes substantial policy changes to the medical marijuana program that were not fully scrutinized through normal legislative procedures…”
Democratic Governor Ralph Northam officially signed legislation today decriminalizing marijuana possession. The new law takes effect July 1, 2020 and reduces penalties for offenses involving the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil violation – punishable by a maximum $25 fine, no arrest, and no criminal record.