A look back at some of what state legislatures worked on in August related to guns, alcohol, marijuana, drugs, policing and litigation, and the environment
As more laws are passed it gets easier to add more and more fines onto the original offense without much notice. Case in point – one week ago on March 24th, 2017 the Governor of Tennessee signed a law which effectively increased the maximum fine for possessing less than a half ounce of marijuana by 10%, doubling the minimum fine at the same time.
Someone loses gun rights for a first DUI in Massachusetts, but can possess pounds of marijuana without facing this risk. Yet in Arizona one can basically never lose your gun rights for a simple DUI no matter how habitually convicted, while possession of any amount of marijuana there will trigger this loss.
An initiative in Denver which passed with about 53% support on Election Day will allow for the public consumption of cannabis in designated consumption areas between 7:00am and 2:00am the following day, unless further restricted in a given neighborhood
There are now multiple stretches in the US where merely taking a step in any given direction can mean the difference between possessing a felony quantity of marijuana and being fully within the confines of the law. Knowing the laws of those states is more important than ever.
Over the past week people from all around the country and the world converged on northern Nevada to create one of the most unique events one can find in the world today, but with a half dozen law enforcement agencies patrolling the area, openly and undercover, actively running sting operations and looking to make busts, many people risk getting caught up in something far more serious than they think.
Adults over the age of 21 can legally buy and possess up to two ounces of marijuana and give another person of legal age up to an ounce in Washington, DC. However, nine months before the November 2014 election which created the new policy of legalization, decriminalization laws were passed which made the possession of up to one ounce a violation with a $25 fine which are still in force. Thus, DC currently has an interesting system where it is legal to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, but unless you have at least an ounce you can still get fined.