Bill description: HB 140 would decriminalize the possession of minor amounts of marijuana for a first time offense.
Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non- violent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes?
Currently, an individual who is convicted of possessing less than three ounces of marijuana has committed a misdemeanor and can be fined up to $1,000 and receive a sentence of up to one year in jail. Under HB 140, if an individual was convicted of possessing less than one-half ounce, the penalty would be reduced to an infraction if the violator participates in a four-hour drug abuse education course and either pays a $250 fine or performs eight hours of community service.