New marijuana law brings penalty reductions – The Mercury News

Before Election Day, San Bruno software engineer Stephen Zyszkiewicz was busted on a charge of possessing marijuana with intent to sell — a felony that could have put him behind bars in state prison for three years.

But this month’s passage of Proposition 64 means the 32-year-old is eligible for a much reduced charge — a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penality of six months in county jail and a $500 fine.

“I am hopeful. It’s the will of the voters,” said Zyszkiewicz, who ran The Other Side of the Fence Collective, an unlicensed cannabis operation.

Proposition 64 does more than legalize the adult use of pot. It grants a reprieve to

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