Delaware Just Became the 20th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

On Thursday, Delaware's governor signed a bill into law that decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. That brings the number of states that have decriminalized small amounts of the drug to 20, according to the Huffington Post

Under the new law, marijuana sales are still prohibited, but possession is no longer considered a crime that warrants the intervention of the criminal justice system. Instead, being caught with marijuana is akin to committing a traffic violation, prompting a civil fine of $100.

The bill was passed without the support of a single Republican in the state legislature, according to USA Today.

Why decriminalization matters in Delaware: Decriminalization laws will make the state's marijuana users feel more relaxed about casual possession and use, and could potentially help normalize the status of the drug in a manner that eases future legalization measures.

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