Democratic Gov. John Carney has signed laws amending felony penalties for juveniles who violate the state’s marijuana possession legal guidelines.

Senate Invoice 45 eliminates felony penalties for low-level marijuana possession offenses (as much as one ounce) for these below the age of 21. As an alternative, juvenile offenders will face a fine-only civil penalty. These with previous felony convictions for juvenile offenses will likely be eligible for the necessary expungement of their data.

The brand new regulation took impact instantly upon signing.

Lawmakers in 2015 enacted separate laws decriminalizing  marijuana possession penalties for these over 21 years of age. Nevertheless, that regulation left in place felony sanctions for juvenile offenders.

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