May 11, 2009, 12:07PM

The ball is rolling

Maine is taking strong steps towards decriminalizing marijuana.

On May 1, Gov. John Baldacci signed LD 250 into law -- expanding the state's longstanding marijuana decriminalization law.Under current law,  possession of up to one and one-quarter ounces of marijuana is a civil violation punishable by a fine of no more than $600.Under the new law, possession of over 1.25 ounces but less than two and one-half ounces of marijuana will also be defined as a civil offense, punishable by a fine of $700 to $1,000 dollars. (Civil fines for the possession of less than 1.25 ounces of marijuana will remain the same.) The measure also removes the inference that possession of quantities of marijuana above 1.25 ounces but less than 2.5 ounces are presumed to be for sale.The new law takes effect 90 days following adjournment of the 124th Legislature.NORML would like to thank those of you who wrote your elected officials in favor of LD 250.Thank you for supporting marijuana law reform in Maine.


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