Over the past year, the state legislature has seen fit to decriminalize the possession of a small amount of marijuana. Possession of less than one half ounce of marijuana is punishable by a fine of $250 and is classified as an infraction, which has the same legal weight and effect as a speeding ticket. Or does it?
This change in the law has seen a dramatic increase of teenagers being issued infraction tickets rather than misdemeanor summonses. The net effect is that teenagers, not wanting to disclose to their parents that they were caught with weed, plead guilty and pay a fine. But then a letter from the Department of Motor Vehicles arrives in the mail, suspending the teenager