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Title: The 28 States Where a Little Pot Can Still Send You to Jail
Source: Reason
URL Source: http://reason.com/blog/2017/09/15/t ... tes-where-a-little-pot-can-sti
Published: Sep 15, 2017
Author: Jacob Sullum
Post Date: 2017-09-16 11:41:20 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 101
Comments: 4

Today New Hampshire will become the 22nd state to eliminate the possibility of jail for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Under a law passed this year, adults caught with three-quarters of an ounce or less will face a civil fine of $100 for a first offense. Possessing that amount is currently a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $2,000 and up to a year in jail.

Eight of the states that have decriminalized marijuana possession, plus the District of Columbia, have eliminated all penalties for adults 21 older who stay below the legal limit (typically an ounce outside the home). Those eight states (green on the map below) also have legalized production and distribution for recreational use.

In 14 states (yellow on the map) possession of small amounts remains illegal but is punishable by no more than a fine. Possession is a civil offense in 10 of those states. In the rest (Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio), it is still a misdemeanor. The cutoffs range from 10 grams (about a third of an ounce) in Illinois, Maryland, and Missouri to three and a half ounces in Ohio.

Marijuana possession remains a criminal offense punishable by jail time in 28 states (red on the map). The maximum penalties for simple possession range from a $300 fine and 15 days in jail (Louisiana, for 14 grams or less) to a $6,000 fine and a year in jail (Alabama, any amount). Eleven of the states where you can still go to jail for a little pot have legalized marijuana for medical use.

In 2015, the latest year for which FBI numbers are available, police in the United States made 643,121 arrests for marijuana offenses, the vast majority (about nine out of 10) for possession. That total was a two-decade low but still more than twice the number in 1991.


    Jacob Sullum is a senior editor at Reason magazine and a nationally syndicated columnist. (1 image)

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    #1. To: Deckard (#0)

    Okay but how many people are actually being arrested and prosecuted for pot possession in those states?

    I think it is very few. Dealers with large quantities will still no doubt face consequences.

    Tooconservative  posted on  2017-09-16   13:09:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #2. To: Deckard (#0)

    Just one more of thousands of idiotic laws needing to be ignored, nationwide.

    If Clintons, Odumbasses, Koskinens, Lerners and Comeys don't need to obey laws, then why in the hell should we? But pot laws were idiotic before any of them were even born.

    Hank Rearden  posted on  2017-09-16   13:44:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #3. To: Tooconservative (#1)

    I don't know the arrest and incarceration stats for different jurisdictions, but MJ should not be against the law. Not for growing, selling, giving or distributing. Of course to do any of those things to a minor, that is a horse of a different color.

    Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

    jeremiad  posted on  2017-09-16   13:46:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #4. To: jeremiad (#3)

    Of course to do any of those things to a minor ...

    What's a minor for legal recreational marijuana? 21, same as alcohol? 18? 16? Younger?

    How about medical marijuana? If it's "the only thing that works", can a 14-year-old patient smoke it? A 12-year-old? I mean, you wouldn't deny medicine to a sick child, would you?

    misterwhite  posted on  2017-09-16   18:39:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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