Maryland House Votes To Expand Marijuana Decriminalization Law

Maryland House Votes To Expand Marijuana Decriminalization Law

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill on Wednesday that would expand the state’s current marijuana decriminalization policy, making it so that people caught possessing up to one ounce of cannabis—rather than just 10 grams—would avoid jail time. The chamber approved the legislation, sponsored by Del. Nick Mosby (D), in a 94-43 vote, sending it to the Senate for consideration. HB 550: Criminal Law-Marijuana- Possession & Possession with Intent to Distribute, which will increase the threshold of what is considered a civil penalty of marijuana possession from 10 grams to 1 ounce, has successfully passed out of the House! pic.twitter.com/fQAaujRsIV — Nick J. Mosby (@Nick_Mosby) March 11, 2020 Currently, possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. Ten grams is a civil infraction, and the new bill would simply raise that threshold to one ounce. It also stipulates that possession of up to one ounce could not be considered on its own to be evidence of intent to distribute. There would be a staggered fine penalty for multiple violations. For first offenses, the fine would be up to $100. The second offense would carry up to a $250 fine. Third and subsequent offenses would be punishable by a maximum $500 fine. Courts would have the option to mandate participation in a drug education program for third offenses. They could also require them to enter into substance misuse treatment “if necessary.” Call your Senators…

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