Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect in Delaware - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect in Delaware

Delaware Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana

Marijuana is still not legal in Delaware, but now if someone is caught with up to an ounce of marijuana then a person would pay a fine and will not receive a prison sentence or have a criminal record. NBC10’s Tim Furlong reports after speaking to the state representative. (Published Friday, Dec. 18, 2015)

Delaware has officially decriminalized possession by adults of small amounts of marijuana.

A decriminalization law signed in June by Gov. Jack Markell took effect early Friday morning.

The law makes possession by an adult of a "personal use" quantity of marijuana, defined as an ounce or less, a civil offense punishable by a fine of $100. Simple possession remains a criminal offense for anyone under 18. For those between the ages of 18 and 21, a first offense will result in a civil penalty, but any subsequent offense would be a misdemeanor.

Smoking pot in a moving vehicle, in public areas, or outdoors on private property within 10 feet of a street, sidewalk or other area accessible to the public also would be a misdemeanor.