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.

Marijuana Amendment Would Cancel Florida ‘Bong Ban,’ Advocate Says

FLORIDA:  Marijuana legalization advocates might have another reason to rejoice if Florida voters approve a proposed constitutional amendment allowing pot for medical use.

The initiative’s passage also will pre-empt Florida’s “bong ban,” which forbids the sale of pipes used to smoke the plant, said the head of the drive behind the amendment.

Ben Pollara, campaign manager of United for Care, pointed out that the amendment’s definition of marijuana’s “medical use” includes “related supplies.”

Anything now outlawed as drug paraphernalia, including “metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic pipes,” may be legally sold if used to smoke marijuana to treat a medical condition, Pollara told the Tribune/Scripps Capital Bureau.