The Northeast just got a whole lot safer. Now if you’re caught in the state of Rhode Island with less than an ounce of pot in your possession, you’ll get slapped with a $150 fine only. No bust.
Vermont, Maine, and Maryland are mulling similar measures and fourteen other states have already reduced penalties for possessing small amounts of pot.
But to demonstrate just how diverse – and obtuse – our nation is, Indiana is going in the other direction. Currently, the state’s criminal code is being overhauled. Sponsors of the bill wanted to reduce penalties for low-level drug crimes. But Governor Mike Pence felt the bill wasn’t tough enough on drug crimes.
On Thursday, April 4, a State Senate committee is expected to vote to increase penalties for pot crimes at both the felony and misdemeanor levels, making possession of between one-third of an ounce and 10 pounds a felony rather than a misdemeanor.
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