MARYLAND: Maryland’s marijuana laws change on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Along with that come changes — albeit not many — to the way police approach marijuana possession.
In the last general assembly, lawmakers passed legislation that decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, making it a civil offense instead of a criminal offense.
Civil offenses do not require jail time. Those charged with possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana will now face fines of up to $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second and $500 for the third.
A drug education program and drug abuse disorder testing is required for third or subsequent offenses, along with a trip to court. Those who are 18 or older, but younger than 21, will be required to see a judge from the first offense.