Bismarck, ND: Legislation reducing the criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession offenses takes effect on Thursday, August 1.
Under the new law, first-time offenses involving the possession of a half-ounce or less of cannabis are now classified as a criminal infraction – punishable by a fine, but no possibility of jail time. Previously, such offenses were classified as criminal misdemeanors, punishable by up to 30 days incarceration.
The new law also reduces penalties for the possession of up to 500 grams of cannabis (formerly a felony offense, punishable by up to five years in prison) to a class B misdemeanor. Penalties for the possession of greater amounts have been amended from a felony to a Class A misdemeanor.
For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.