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[–] 00001000001100110101 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

The penalty is low enough that it may as well be legal. It's like moving murder from a felony to a misdemeanor charge. sure, it's still illegal, but it's the difference between jail time and a 50$ fine

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[–] i_scream_trucks 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago 

Might as well be illegal

but its not. so the statement is still incorrect.

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[–] 00001000001100110101 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

So lemme explain how this works. Misdemeanors don't show up on background checks, only felonies, jail time, etc. When you convert a felony to a misdemeanor you are essentially trading a visible, severe punishment, for a minimal, non severe punishment. Furthermore, most public sector jobs DONT check misdemeanors either, nor do private companies. So, yes, whilst the action may STILL be illegal, it has been downgraded punishment wise, as to be legal, simply because the consequences are minuscule.