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Maryland House Votes To Decriminalize Marijuana


Maryland marijuanaCourtesy of The Joint Blog

A measure to decriminalize cannabis possession has passed through the Maryland House of Representatives in a decisive vote. The proposal would remove criminal penalties for the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis.

Earlier this month Maryland’s Senate voted to approve the same measure, though the measure will go back to the Senate for one final vote given it was amended in the House Judiciary Committee. The House version, as with the Senate version, would make the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis a $100 ticket. However, the House version would make a second offense $250, and subsequent offenses $500; it would also call for drug rehab for those under 21.

Floor amendments were introduced to retain a misdemeanor conviction for those consuming in public, to reduce the possession limit to 5 grams, to double the fines and to retain criminal penalties for minors; all four were rejected.

Once approve by the Senate – which is expected Monday – the measure will go to Maryland’s governor for consideration.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com


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  1. The problem with Maryland is that while it overall swings Democrat, there are many heavy Republican districts. The heavily Republican districts are very similar to the country redneck stereotype – driving big trucks, wearing camo, heavily religious, farmers, hunters, moonshine makers, etc.

    I wish I was joking. Even their representatives seem to take the propaganda stories over real medical and scientific proof.
    Sadly they don’t seem to equate cannabis legalization with the personal freedom and liberty standards that they claim to hold.

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