05 March 2009

Wash.: Marijuana decriminalization bill moves forward

March 5, 2009.

Dear fellow Americans:

On February 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 5615, which would reclassify adult possession of 40 grams or less of marijuana as a civil infraction imposing a $100 penalty that could be paid by mail. Currently, possession of less than 40 grams is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 — the mandatory minimum punishment is 24 hours in jail and a fine of $250.

SB 5615 is now in the Rules Committee, which must take action and send the bill to the Senate floor for a full vote before March 12.

Please send your senator an e-mail in support of SB 5615.

We need as many people sending e-mails in support of SB 5615 as possible, so please pass this alert along to anyone else you know in Washington that supports keeping responsible adults out of jail for using a substance that is safer than alcohol.

Thank you for supporting the Marijuana Policy Project and all of our allies.


Nathan Miller

Nathan Miller
Legislative Analyst
Marijuana Policy Project


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