Law will ease penal­ties for mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion

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Gov. Jack Markell has signed into law leg­is­la­tion de­crim­i­nal­iz­ing pos­ses­sion of small amounts of mar­i­juana.

Markell signed the bill Thurs­day shortly af­ter it passed the Demo­crat-con­trolled Se­nate on a party-line vote. The mea­sure also re­ceived no Repub­li­can sup­port ear­lier when it passed the Demo­cratic-led House.

The law, which takes ef­fect in six months, keeps sim­ple pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana a crim­i­nal of­fense for any­one un­der 18 but elim­i­nates crim­i­nal penal­ties for pos­ses­sion by an adult of 1 ounce or less for per­sonal use. In­stead, it would be a civil of­fense pun­ish­able by a $100 fine. Public use would still be pun­ish­able as a mis­de­meanor and could re­sult in fines of up to $200 or im­pris­on­ment for up to five days.

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