Delaware governor Jack Markell signed a bill into law that decriminalizes possession and private use of small amount of marijuana in the state.
By passing this bill Delaware has become the 18th state of the world which has decriminalize personal possession and use of marijuana, according to media reports.
The bill allows Delawareans to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and use the drug privately without facing criminal charges.
The bill was passed by Delaware State Senate early Thursday and was almost immediately signed by the governor.
The law goes into effect in six months, and replaces criminal penalties for simple possession with a $100 fine.
Under previous Delaware law, simple marijuana possession was a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $ 1,150.
State Attorney General Matt Denn, said about the new law:
“I’ve said for some time that we’re generally supportive of possession of small amounts being treated as a civil rather than a criminal offense.”
It is pertinent to mention that Delaware is amongst those 23 states which allowed marijuana for medical reasons.
Colorado, Washington state, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. are currently the only states that currently allow the recreational use of marijuana.
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