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 joints, and impose a civil fine of $100 instead. Violators would receive citations similar to traffic tickets; they could either pay the fine in full or request a trial date in District Court.
Under the current law, a person in possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana would be subject to a felony conviction, up to 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.