Maryland Gov. O’Malley Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill, He Says

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MARYLAND:  Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday that he will sign a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. On a 34-to-8 vote, the Senate gave final approval to the legislation Monday afternoon. The bill would impose only civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of the drug. Read the full article…

Maryland House Of Delegates Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

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MARYLAND: It’s not a law yet, but it’s right on the edge. If the governor goes along, getting busted for pot won’t mean jail, provided those joints don’t contain to too much marijuana. Right now in Maryland, if you’re caught with enough marijuana to roll one joint or enough to fill a greenhouse, it’s a criminal Read the full article…

Maryland House Panel Rejects Marijuana Decriminalization, Sets Study

Ending prohibition is not a liberal-conservative battle. It is a fundamental right.

MARYLAND: Holding out against rising public sentiment in favor of less stringent marijuana laws, the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to reject a move to treat possession of small amounts of the drug as a civil offense. Instead, the committee amended the Senate-passed decriminalization bill to turn it into a measure setting up a task force to Read the full article…

Maryland Senate Expected To Vote On Decriminalizing Small Amounts Of Marijuana

The Senate bill would remove criminal penalties for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, enough to roll about two joints, and impose a civil fine of $100 instead.

MARYLAND: Maryland’s Senate is scheduled to vote Friday on a measure that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. If approved, the bill goes to House of Delegates, where similar legislation last year died in committee. The Senate bill would remove criminal penalties for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, enough to roll about two Read the full article…

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Vows Workable Medical Marijuana Program This Year

MARYLAND:  A bipartisan group of state lawmakers vowed Friday to pass legislation this year to create a workable medical marijuana program that would cover children with debilitating conditions as well as adults. Dels. Cheryl D. Glenn and Dan K. Morhaim, sponsors of two bills that would replace legislation passed last year that is widely regarded as a Read the full article…

Marijuana Debate Headed To Senate Committee This Week

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) would make it legal for residents 21 years of age and older to possess, use and grow marijuana

MARYLAND:  Maryland lawmakers are set to get their first real whiff of marijuana legislation this session with hearings scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 25 on measures that look to lift or loosen the state’s ban on recreational use of the drug. A bill sponsored by state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) would make it legal for residents 21 Read the full article…

Maryland Lt. Gov. Brown Discusses Measures On Marijuana

Still, Brown underscored that he is not ready to endorse full legalization in Maryland yet. He said he is advocating a "slow-as-we-go" approach.

MARYLAND:  Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Friday that Colorado and Washington state should be applauded for moving ahead with legalizing marijuana but he wants to learn more about what happens in those states before he would support legalizing it in Maryland. Brown, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, talked about measures relating Read the full article…

Maryland Medical Marijuana Program Still 18 Months Away

It would take 1 1/2 to 2 years after July 1 for a medical center to set up a program

MARYLAND:  The chairman of a commission set up to oversee the implementation of a medical marijuana program told lawmakers Thursday that the initiative is at least 18 months away from offering pain relief to the first patients. Even with that much time, it is by no means certain that the program will get off the Read the full article…

Baltimore Marijuana Diversion Program Nearly Triples In Size

Day of Actions Include Public Hearing on Bill, Evening Event in Nearby Latham, and Powerful New Video About Patients, Doctors and the Compassionate Care Act

MARYLAND:  City prosecutors have been offering more people charged with marijuana possession a chance to avoid conviction through community service, and recently released data shows that defendants are taking the deal at a rate that has tripled in the course of a year. Close to 4,500 went into the program, known as “diversion,” in 2013 Read the full article…

Draft Of Legalized Pot Bill Calls For Taxes, Potency ratings

Advocates for recreational marijuana intend to introduce a detailed plan as soon as Wednesday that would rely on the state comptroller to heavily regulate and tax pot  - at about $50 an ounce to start.

MARYLAND:  Curious what legalized pot would look like in Maryland? Advocates for recreational marijuana intend to introduce a detailed plan as soon as Wednesday that would rely on the state comptroller to heavily regulate and tax pot  – at about $50 an ounce to start. Retailers would not be allowed to sell it anyone under Read the full article…