Seizure of pot, paraphernalia. In Washington D.C., possession of pot was also recently decriminalized. Possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is now punishable by seizure of drugs and paraphernalia, along with a $25 fine. Similar to Philadelphia and other decriminalized jurisdictions, offenses will not appear on the criminal records of those cited.
Underage possessors may face harsher penalties. Even in states like Colorado that have legalized recreational marijuana use and possession, penalties will still apply to offenders who are underage. In Colorado, for example, those under 21 years of age caught with marijuana may face similar penalties to those caught drinking underage, including fines and even possible jail time.
In addition to fines and seizure of drugs and paraphernalia, first-time possession charges in other states can carry far harsher criminal penalties:
Probation. In addition to jail time, a first-time pot offender may be sentenced to probation. The conditions of probation are at the discretion of the court, but can include regular meetings with a probation officer, travel limitations, mandatory drug testing, and warrantless searches by police.