Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction

In common law countries, a civil infraction is a non-criminal violation of a rule, ordinance, or regulation.[1]

United States law[edit]

A civil infraction is a violation of the law less serious than a misdemeanor,[2] and which usually does not attach certain individual rights such as a jury trial.

Punishments for infractions[edit]

In the United States, the key characteristic of an infraction is that the punishment doesn't include any amount of incarceration in a prison or jail or any other loss of civil rights – typically the only punishment is a fine, although sometimes other regulatory actions are possible (e.g. revocation of a license or permit) or an order to remedy or mitigate the situation.