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Delaware House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

The measure to reduce criminal penalties now moves to the state Senate.

DEnormlOn June 2, Delaware’s House of Representatives voted 24-14 in favor of a bill that makes possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a civil rather than criminal offense.

Adults caught with small amounts would face a fine of $100. Smoking in public would result in a $200 fine.

A provision states that 18 to 21 year olds could receive the civil penalty for their first offense. Any additional offenses would be treated as a misdemeanor.

Gov. Jack Markell indicated he would sign the bill into law if it reaches his desk.

Ironically, lawmakers were unhappy that underage drinking would carry a heavier penalty.