Our nation's capital is putting a pragmatic new policy into place today: removing criminal penalties for adults caught with small amounts of marijuana (SAM). Instead of being arrested and facing jail, they will be issued a civil fine of $25 in the form of a ticket. No handcuffs, no holding cells, no criminal records.
"Chris Goldstein is a cannabis consumer advocate and writer. He formerly served on the Board of Directors at several NORML chapters, helped with Philadelphia decriminalization and now teaches the "Marijuana in the News" class at Temple University. Contact: Twitter @freedomisgreen or firstname.lastname@example.org"