Under the new law:
- The penalty for possessing 30 grams or less of marijuana for personal use is a $25 fine.
- The penalty for public marijuana use is a $100 fine or up to 9 hours of community service.
- A citation will be issued for a civil violation, but there will be no criminal arrest record created.
- Marijuana possession and use is still illegal. You can be arrested and prosecuted for:
- Possessing 30 + grams of marijuana.
- Selling or distributing marijuana.
- Driving under the influence of marijuana.
- Any other crimes an officer has probable cause to believe you committed.
- Marijuana use will still be considered a probation violation, and could be relevant in other legal matters such as child custody cases.
Can old marijuana cases be expunged?
- YES, if you were NOT convicted.
- YES, if you completed a special program.
- NO, if you plead guilty or were found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony offense.
If you have a criminal record because of an arrest for possession of marijuana, Community Legal Services may be able to help.