An Indiana senator introduced legislation Tuesday that would decriminalize possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
Sen. Karen Tallian’s proposal would reduce the penalty for possession of less than 2 ounces of pot to an infraction punishable by a fine.
How much is 2 ounces?
An ounce typically yields 30 to 60 marijuana cigarettes depending on their size and the quality of the pot. Fourteen states have decriminalized various amounts of marijuana, but most use 1 ounce as the limit before tougher penalties kick in. Calvina Fay of the Drug Free America Foundation said that loosening marijuana laws sends the wrong message, and that Tallian’s proposal won't help. Currently in Indiana, roughly an ounce or less of marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor on the first offense and carries a sentence of up to one year in prison.
Possession of more than 30 grams is a Class D felony that carries a sentence of one to three years.