In some states, people found in possession of marijuana are subject to severe penalties which can include up to 11 months, 29 days in jail, fines, and a tarnished record that prevents them from obtaining jobs and other hardships. In 2008, a committee was formed to change the severity of the penalties that come with marijuana possession.
This committee, known as the Committee of Sensible Marijuana Policy, fought long and hard to change the punishments given to those who were found in possession of marijuana in quantities of one ounce or less. You can learn more about the policy and what it means to you by visiting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_for_Sensible_Marijuana_Policy. There is no cost to access the information on this page, and when you read it, there’s a good chance that you can learn a bountiful amount of information about marijuana.
The committee worked diligently and effortlessly to teach people about marijuana, the positive benefits that it brings their way, and how strict the laws were. They reached out to as many people as possible, and gather more than 100,000 signatures to change the laws. And so, in January 2009, new marijuana laws were adapted in Boston, and the state of Massa chutes. The new laws were met with happiness as well as some negativity, but overall, people are satisfied with the changes. After all this time, it is safe to say that change was needed, especially since we now know so much more about marijuana than we did in the past.
Thanks to the new laws, people now face less severe penalties when caught with less than one ounce of marijuana, and the city gains money. The issue is now a civil rather than a criminal matter, and those who are convicted pay a fine of $100. The monies raised from these fines is used in various ways around the community.
As expected, people are both for and against these changes, however, with more evidence shedding light on the benefits of marijuana rather than negative consensus, overcrowded jails, and more serious crimes being committed, it seems only fair these laws are changed. After all, the marijuana laws have remained quite the same for several decades now, despite the growing research proving that it is not as harmful as once anticipated.
Many other states have followed in the footsteps of Boston and have lessened the penalties for those found in possession of marijuana. This includes Tennessee and Kentucky, and many others. In January 2017, many new states legalized marijuana.
It is safe to say that it was time for changes to be made to the policies on marijuana, and this committee went full force to ensure they are met. Now, many more people are gaining the health benefits of marijuana they want and expect, and facing less penalties if they are found in possession. The city of Boston has raised thousands of dollars that has been put toward several programs in the area (as have other states that have implemented new policies).