Marijuana Commission Proposes $125,000 Grower Fees

It’s been five months since marijuana was legalized in D.C., and now there’s a public opportunity to show off, if you’ve been letting that liberty take root.

MARYLAND:  Running a medical marijuana operation could cost each grower more than $125,000 a year in fees, a sum so steep some officials believe it may shut out small businesses. Maryland’s medical marijuana commission is tentatively proposing that fee for each of the 15 potential growers envisioned for the state’s new program. The panel also Read the full article…

Maryland Pot Laws Change Oct. 1

NORML has long argued against regulations that limit or restrict patients' access to whole plant herbal cannabis.

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 Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Rules For Maryland Doctors Raise Concerns

Oregon on Monday issued a list of more than 250 pesticides cannabis growers may be able to use on their crops.

The list represents the first clear guidance from Oregon agriculture officials on what chemicals the state's marijuana industry may use to defeat mites, mold, mildew and other common pests and problems. Top state agriculture officials made clear that the list is a "starting spot" for marijuana growers, who still have to follow pesticide labels.

Lauren Henderson, assistant director of the agency, said regulators combed through more than 12,000 pesticides registered with the state to see which had labels broad enough to include cannabis. Ultimately, the agency came up with about 250 products. The list will be reviewed quarterly, said Henderson.

MARYLAND:  Proposed rules for Maryland‘s nascent medical marijuana system are drawing objections from a leading advocate, who says the regulations could discourage doctors from participating. Del. Dan K. Morhaim, one of the chief sponsors of the legislation, criticized the draft regulations for requiring training and continued education in the medical use of marijuana for physicians Read the full article…

Gov. O’Malley To Sign Bill Decriminalizing Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Adams County selected 10 entrepreneurs by lottery Tuesday afternoon to begin the process to open a marijuana business.

MARYLAND:  A busy day in Annapolis Monday. Governor Martin O’Malley will sign off on big changes to the state’s marijuana law, even though there’s still heated opposition. Senate Bill 364 is one of more than 100 bills the governor will sign Monday. Monday, Governor Martin O’Malley will sign a bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Read the full article…

Maryland Gov. O’Malley Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill, He Says

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MARYLAND:  Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday that he will sign a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. On a 34-to-8 vote, the Senate gave final approval to the legislation Monday afternoon. The bill would impose only civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of the drug. Read the full article…

Maryland House Of Delegates Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Del. Kieffer Mitchell Jr.

MARYLAND: It’s not a law yet, but it’s right on the edge. If the governor goes along, getting busted for pot won’t mean jail, provided those joints don’t contain to too much marijuana. Right now in Maryland, if you’re caught with enough marijuana to roll one joint or enough to fill a greenhouse, it’s a criminal Read the full article…

Maryland House Panel Rejects Marijuana Decriminalization, Sets Study

Ending prohibition is not a liberal-conservative battle. It is a fundamental right.

MARYLAND: Holding out against rising public sentiment in favor of less stringent marijuana laws, the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to reject a move to treat possession of small amounts of the drug as a civil offense. Instead, the committee amended the Senate-passed decriminalization bill to turn it into a measure setting up a task force to Read the full article…

Maryland Senate Expected To Vote On Decriminalizing Small Amounts Of Marijuana

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.

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 Read the full article…

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Vows Workable Medical Marijuana Program This Year

MARYLAND:  A bipartisan group of state lawmakers vowed Friday to pass legislation this year to create a workable medical marijuana program that would cover children with debilitating conditions as well as adults. Dels. Cheryl D. Glenn and Dan K. Morhaim, sponsors of two bills that would replace legislation passed last year that is widely regarded as a Read the full article…

Marijuana Debate Headed To Senate Committee This Week

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) would make it legal for residents 21 years of age and older to possess, use and grow marijuana

MARYLAND:  Maryland lawmakers are set to get their first real whiff of marijuana legislation this session with hearings scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 25 on measures that look to lift or loosen the state’s ban on recreational use of the drug. A bill sponsored by state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) would make it legal for residents 21 Read the full article…