Marijuana Paraphernalia Bill Advances

MARYLAND:  State lawmakers gave final approval Saturday to a bill that decriminalizes the possession of marijuana paraphernalia and sets a fine for smoking marijuana in public.

The move comes after lawmakers last year decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. But last year’s law didn’t cover pipes or other devices used to smoke marijuana.

The bill also sets a maximum penalty of a $500 civil fine for anyone found guilty of smoking marijuana in a public place. Currently there is no penalty.

The House of Delegates voted 84-52 to support the bill on Saturday. It already had been approved by the Senate.