Pot May Have Been Decriminalized In Maryland, But Bongs Are Still Illegal

MARYLAND:  An anomaly in Maryland’s marijuana laws will remain in place after Republican Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a bill that passed the General Assembly.

Decriminalization of marijuana got the approval of lawmakers last year. But this year the General Assembly sought to correct an oversight in the original law regarding marijuana paraphernalia.

While possession of 10 grams or less of the drug can no longer put someone in prison, possessing the means to use it — like a pipe or a bong— still can. Supporters say that’s like ending alcohol prohibition but keeping wine glasses illegal.

A bill decriminalizing marijuana paraphernalia passed the General Assembly this year, but paraphernalia isn’t why Hogan will veto it, a move made at the urging of Maryland’s State’s Attorney’s, Chiefs of Police, and Sheriff’s Associations.

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