- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The Alderman’s Court of Newark will process citations for those caught with small amounts of marijuana in the city.

The News Journal of Wilmington (https://delonline.us/1YVgZRg ) reports that the Newark City Council discussed the matter during their meeting Monday and added rules that gave the Alderman’s Court the ability to process the violations and fines. Previously, marijuana possession violations that took place in the city were handled by state court.

Newark City Solicitor Bruce Herron says the move will save time for police officers because they won’t have to make occasional court appearances outside the city when a fine is contested.

The personal use and possession of up to one ounce of marijuana was decriminalized last year. Possession previously carried a fine of up to $1,150 and six months in jail.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com


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