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A proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and to defelonize the private cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, has been filed in New Hampshire and has been assigned to the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.
If approved into law, House Bill 618 would make the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis a simple $100 ticket rather than a misdemeanor, and would reduce the penalty for cultivating up to six cannabis plants from a felony, to a misdemeanor.
A similar proposal was approved by the full House of Representatives last year with a 215 to 92 vote, though the measure never received a vote in the Senate.
According to polling released in October, 78% of New Hampshire adults favor decriminalizing cannabis.
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Cannabis arrests in New York City are down over 75% in December compared to the same time last year. In total there were 460 cannabis arrests last month, compared to 1,820 in December, 2013. The arrest are down due to a change in the way the city handles minor cannabis possession cases, which was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio in November.
“Since the inception of our policy in 2014, marijuana enforcement activity is trending down in all categories”, Deputy Chief Kim Royster told the Associated Press.
The new policy has police ticketing individuals if they’re found in possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis – even in public display – rather than arresting them and charging them with a misdemeanor. Consuming cannabis in public, however, remains an arrestable offense.
By Drug Policy Alliance
Senate Bill 383 would reduce the penalty structure for possession of up to 4 ounces to a civil penalty with increasing fines while taking away the potential for jail time for any amount up to 8 ounces.
The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 383, would reduce the penalty structure for possession of up to 4 ounces to a civil penalty with increasing fines while taking away the potential for jail time for any amount up to 8 ounces.
Penalties would be determined based on the quantity of marijuana in possession, and if the offender had been previously cited for marijuana possession:
- One ounce or less, first offense: civil violation, $50
- One ounce or less, subsequent offense: petty misdemeanor, $100 fine
- 1 to 4 ounces, first offense: civil violation, $100 fine
- 1 to 4 ounces, subsequent offense: petty misdemeanor, $200 fine
- 4 to 8 ounces: misdemeanor, $300 fine
- Over 8 ounces: fourth degree felony, up to 1.5 years incarceration and $5,000 fine
Currently, in New Mexico, possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana is a petty misdemeanor crime with fines and possible jail time; over 1 ounce and up to 8 ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor crime with large fines or possible jail time of up to 1 year.
“I am troubled by the millions of taxpayer dollars that are spent every year on processing thousands of low level marijuana misdemeanor offenders — dollars that might be better spent by hard-pressed law enforcement agencies on more pressing public safety needs,” stated Emily Kaltenbach, the New Mexico State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “If ever there was a bill that advanced the smart on crime agenda, this is it.”
New Mexicans agree it is time to change the way we are policing marijuana in the state. In November, voters in Santa Fe County and Bernalillo County voiced overwhelming support for marijuana decriminalization; Bernalillo County voting 60% and Santa Fe County voting 73% in favor of statewide decriminalization. The state’s first vote on marijuana policy was not merely local; more than 40% of state voters weighed in and a clear majority of those casting ballots sent the message that voters are ready to end criminal penalties for marijuana possession. A 2013 poll by Sanderoff showed 57% of New Mexicans in favor of decriminalization.
“Having to expend scarce police resources pursuing and arresting non-violent adults for possessing small amounts of marijuana threatens our public’s safety,” stated Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Executive Director Neill Franklin. “When our police officers are on duty they should have access to the resources they need in order to deal with serious violent crime and to keep our communities safe.”
Limited resources like investigative time, crime lab analysts and jail and prison beds are needed for pedophiles, rapists and murderers.”
To date, eighteen states and the District of Columbia have reduced penalties for marijuana possession. As of today, over 120 million people, or 1/3 of the U.S. population, live in jurisdictions where marijuana has been essentially decriminalized – meaning there is no jail time associated with possession.
The city of Santa Fe decriminalized small amounts of marijuana in 2014.
The full text of Senate Bill 383 can be found here.
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“This project is just the first step in establishing Hawaii as a leader in the growth and production of industrial hemp and its products,” says Representative Cynthia Thielen.
“I am looking forward to planting and cultivating this important crop which has so much potential for Hawaii’s agricultural future”, says Harry Ako, a professor at the University of Hawaii who will serve as the lead researcher for the hemp research project. “It is exciting knowing that the University of Hawaii, and our state, is at the forefront in bringing industrial hemp back to our farmers as a crop which offers so much for so many.”
According to congressional research, the United States imports roughly half a billion dollars in hemp from other countries (primarily Canada and China) while retaining the illegality of its cultivation amongst its own farmers. The same research estimates the hemp market to consist of over 25,000 various products.
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Virginia’s House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resource voted 13 to 7 Thursday to approve House Bill 1277, a proposal to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp for research purposes.
“If you look at the potential economic advantages that industrial hemp would provide for the state, particularly the Southside and the Southwest, it could be an economic boon in terms of the amount of research we could do on it,” says Delegate Joseph R. Yost, the measure’s primary sponsor.
If approved into law, the proposal would direct the Department of Agriculture to establish an industrial hemp research program, including determining specific regulations.
Last year federal lawmakers approved a bill explicitly allowing hemp to be grown when being done as part of a state-sanctioned research program.
“There’s definitely a generational shift going on here,” says Rep. Keeley. “There are a lot of people out there who, instead of going home and having a martini, or going home and having a glass of wine, they want to go home and take a couple hits. For them that is just as relaxing as having a glass of wine.”
Keeley’s proposal would remove criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, making it a simple $100 ticket rather than an arrestable misdemeanor.
Governor Jack Markell has indicated that he’s likely to support the measure.
“The governor hasn’t reviewed Rep. Keeley’s proposed legislation, but as we have said in the past, he is open to continuing conversations about decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” says Jonathon Dworkin, a spokesman for Markell.
A similar proposal was approved in June by the House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, though unfortunately time ran out on the session before a full House vote was scheduled.
Under current Delaware law, the possession of even a miniscule amount of cannabis can result in a 3-month jail sentence. According to polling released in March, 68% of Delaware voters support decriminalizing cannabis.
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