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Kaicielia BlueDragon

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Local marijuana laws
« on: May 19, 2009, 10:25:19 AM »

It has come to my attention that, as well as Claifornia and other states trying to pass laws contrary to federal, individual cities and communities are trying to do the same in their states.  I never knew about this law, I guess 'cause I never got caught as a kid, but it's been in effect since the 70's.

From NORML's Madison, WI page, http://madisonnorml.org/ordinance.html

"(3) A person may casually possess marijuana or cannabis in a private place. Such casual possession is not a crime and is not subject to forfeiture."

Also, "casual possession" is described as "The possession of not more than twenty-eight (28) grams of cannabis, or one hundred and twelve (112) grams of marijuana."

So, I was wondering what other more lenient local laws there are, and how society has crumbled since they have been instituted.
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009, 10:44:41 AM »

In California you may "casually posess" under 28 g of pot if you're willing to pay a 100 dollar fine and go to a "rehabilitation" course.
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Re: Local marijuana laws
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009, 12:03:42 PM »

When I got caught in cali they just "confiscated" my pot and let me be. that would have sucked if i had to go through some crappy rehab and pay a fine. Guess I got lucky.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009, 01:22:30 PM »

If I get caught in Ohio than I just have to pay a fine. In Ohio possession of less than an once is not an arrestable offense and can only result in a citation.
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2009, 02:27:16 PM »

In Madison, if you are caught in a public place "casually possessing" marijuana, the penalty is a $100 fine, but is still not considered a crime and cannot be recorded as such.  Within a private residence, however, there is no fine, and no confiscatory procedures.  I am relieved that they added that little line in there, "...is not subject to forfeiture,"  to keep the bad cops from "confiscating" to their hearts content without charging anyone.

I have not heard of any issues between this law and State law, which is very draconian, like I have seen fights between Cali and the Feds.  I heard of one case when someone passed a joint to a friend in public, and the gov't tried hard to prove their strength, but the case ended up in nothing but a fine.

I even have a friend who was robbed while, hmm..., peddling his wares.  He admitted to the cops (I could have slapped him) that it had been pot and drug money that was stolen, but after months he has suffered no ill consequence.  Even in the newspaper, the several paragraph story was "Man robbed at gunpoint," and the drug issue was mentioned in one sentence, just that the victim was a dealer and marijuana had also been stolen at the time.  

I guess it just surprises me.  Here it's all good, and Madison is often been listed in magazines as the best place to...raise a family, get a job, etc., etc.; then in another area marijuana is banned 'cause it's one of the most horrible drugs known to man as far as Drug Warriors are concerned.  Then again, logic has never been a strong point of government.
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