If you are a marijuana aficionado in the Louisville, Kentucky, area, you will undoubtedly applaud a recent decision by the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Per a report in the Courier Journal, prosecutors will no longer prosecute people who possess an ounce or less of marijuana. In addition, Louisville law enforcement officers will no longer “routinely write citations for this specific offense.”
These decisions apparently come in the wake of a Courier Journal investigation revealing that roughly 67% of Louisville’s 2017 marijuana cases involved African Americans. Furthermore, the investigation revealed that during the same year, Louisville Metro Police officers issued six times the number of marijuana possession citations to African Americans as they did to other people.
New policy exclusions
Keep in mind that marijuana possession still remains a misdemeanor in Kentucky, with conviction penalties ranging from fines of up to $250 and jail time of up to 45 days. Also, keep in mind that the new no-citation and no-prosecution policies apply to only the minimal amounts of marijuana you possess. They do not apply to any of the following:
- Driving under the influence of marijuana
- Publicly consuming marijuana
- Trafficking in marijuana
- Cultivating marijuana
Nor do the new policies apply to you if you have not yet attained the age of 21. Underage marijuana citations and prosecutions will continue as they always have. However, if you receive any kind of marijuana conviction or if you received one in the past, you can get it expunged from your record after 60 days.
This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.