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In June 2015, Governor Jack Markell of Delaware signed legislation to decriminalize possession of personal amounts of cannabis for adults in The First State.

Although House Bill 39 was signed in June, it was not set up to go into effect for six months. As of December 18, adults possessing up to one ounce of cannabis will no longer face criminal misdemeanor charges.

The law reclassified possession of up to one ounce of cannabis to be punishable by a civil violation and a $100 fine. Previously, adults caught with the same quantity could face up to six months in jail and a criminal record.

Any person under the age of 18 caught in possession of any amount of cannabis will still face criminal charges. Those between the ages of 18 and 21 will still face misdemeanor charges if caught in possession more than once. Anyone caught consuming cannabis in public or in a moving vehicle will still face criminal charges.

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