Effective in 2017, possession of less than ten (10) grams of marijuana no longer carries a jail sentence. Some small amounts of marijuana are now classified as Class “D” misdemeanors which carries a maximum fine of $500. A conviction will still be a criminal conviction so it is not totally decriminalized.

Repeat offenses will remain Class “A” misdemeanors with a penalty of up to one (1) year in jail and a $2000 fine.

Prior to 2017, mere possession of 35 grams (one and one-fourth ounces) or less of marijuana was punishable by a year in jail.

Possession of more than 35 grams is still a felony.

It is strange, but you can be arrested for something that you cannot be sent to jail regarding an arrest for ten (10) grams or less. Hopefully, most police officers will not make a full custody arrest.

If you share a joint with another person you can be charged as distribution.

My good friend, Daniel K. Viets, of Columbia, assisted in making many of these changes. Given the popularity of marijuana, I reluctantly admit that these changes are a step in the right direction.