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…

Maryland Lt. Gov. Brown Discusses Measures On Marijuana

Still, Brown underscored that he is not ready to endorse full legalization in Maryland yet. He said he is advocating a "slow-as-we-go" approach.

MARYLAND:  Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Friday that Colorado and Washington state should be applauded for moving ahead with legalizing marijuana but he wants to learn more about what happens in those states before he would support legalizing it in Maryland. Brown, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, talked about measures relating Read the full article…

Maryland Medical Marijuana Program Still 18 Months Away

It would take 1 1/2 to 2 years after July 1 for a medical center to set up a program

MARYLAND:  The chairman of a commission set up to oversee the implementation of a medical marijuana program told lawmakers Thursday that the initiative is at least 18 months away from offering pain relief to the first patients. Even with that much time, it is by no means certain that the program will get off the Read the full article…

Draft Of Legalized Pot Bill Calls For Taxes, Potency ratings

Advocates for recreational marijuana intend to introduce a detailed plan as soon as Wednesday that would rely on the state comptroller to heavily regulate and tax pot  - at about $50 an ounce to start.

MARYLAND:  Curious what legalized pot would look like in Maryland? Advocates for recreational marijuana intend to introduce a detailed plan as soon as Wednesday that would rely on the state comptroller to heavily regulate and tax pot  – at about $50 an ounce to start. Retailers would not be allowed to sell it anyone under Read the full article…

Connecticut Gov. Malloy: Medical Marijuana to be Sold by Summer!

Medical marijuana will go on sale in Connecticut by summer 2014

MARYLAND:  Medical marijuana will go on sale in Connecticut by summer 2014, dispensed throughout the state by four vendors, Governor Dannel Malloy said on Tuesday. Marijuana is illegal in the United States under federal law, but Connecticut is among 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia that allow use of marijuana for medical purposes. Read the full article…

Maryland Gov. O'Malley Opposes Decriminalizing Marijuana As Leaders Align In Support Of Minimum Wage Hike

While O'Malley said he believes a medical marijuana law approved last year could get more attention this session, he said he wasn't a fan of decriminalizing the drug.

MARYLAND:  Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday before the start of the 2014 General Assembly session that he was “not much in favor” of decriminalizing marijuana. O’Malley appeared for about 45 minutes on a broadcast of WEAA’s Marc Steiner Show from the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. While O’Malley said he believes a medical marijuana law approved Read the full article…

Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate Mizeur To Back Legalized Marijuana

MARYLAND: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur is calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana, promising to use the tax revenue it would generate to pay for an expansion of pre-kindergarten education. Mizeur, a state delegate from Montgomery County, plans to spell out a detailed proposal Tuesday on how Maryland could control the cultivation and Read the full article…

U.S. Judge Says Government View On Marijuana Raises 'Equal Justice' Issue

MARYLAND: A federal judge in Maryland handed down lighter prison sentences Monday to defendants in a huge marijuana distribution case, saying that such offenses are “not regarded with the same seriousness” as they were just a few decades ago. U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar said the federal government’s response to marijuana legalization in some states Read the full article…