The Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy is based in Boston, MA. The organization is also known as the Massachusetts Sensible Marijuana Policy Initiative. The organization has been around for several years now, devoting their time to reconstructing ridiculous laws surrounding the possession of marijuana in the state.
Until 2009, those found in possession of marijuana were faced with a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $1000 fine if convicted. Although this might seem a reasonable punishment, when things are put into perspective, it is easy to see how these laws were outlandish. If that were not enough, anyone that was convicted had this charge on their record for the rest of their life. A conviction of marijuana on the record brings many potential consequences to the individual that affects the community as well as the individual and the family, too. Not to mention, overcrowded jails required some sort of change since there are far more serious crime being committed and the jail cells needed for these people.
Massive amounts of research have been conducted concerning marijuana, its benefits, and the great things that it is doing for people. It is medically approved to treat several conditions, and is still being researched for many more. There’s strong evidence supporting the fact that marijuana alleviates some of the pain of chemo treatments and cancer as well as other diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
Now that the committee made the changes and introduced their bill, people who use marijuana have less to worry about. No longer is marijuana possession under one ounce considered a crime. Instead, a person faces a civil crime and a fine of $100. This eliminates a criminal conviction on the record, which can prevent obtaining housing or a job, as well as strain on the budget nice fines were before quite considerable.
The new law pertains to adults 18 years of age and older who are convicted of a marijuana possession charge. The law does not pertain to the sales or trafficking of the drug. Minors also face an additional slew of consequences than adults when they are convicted, including parent notification, higher fines, etc.
This is a committee that supports fairness and the legalization of marijuana, and who has made a great impact in both the state and in other parts of the country, too, since many additional states are following suit and minimizing the penalties for marijuana possession convictions. Tennessee is one state that has now added such a low in the capital city of Nashville. Some cities in Kentucky have also made changes, and many others around the world are also making them slowly but surely.
This committee is always working to advance marijuana research and ensure that fairness is given to all people, regardless of their race, religion, or nationality. The committee wants everyone to feel comfortable, safe, and wants to help reduce the risks of being convicted which were pretty severe.