20-409 Research Paper

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Council Bill 20-409 establishes adequacy by addressing the social concern of marijuana possession in small amounts for personal use. Prior to the bill, individuals were charged with a criminal offense which remains on their permanent record. Having said violation on a permanent record potentially has negative effects on employment status and housing options. The bill, which decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana now provides for individuals caught in possession the opportunity for a self-sufficient life. This bill establishes equality through equal treatment of individuals who are caught with one ounce or less of marijuana. All individuals, including those under the age of 18 years of age, are found not guilty of a criminal offense, are
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