Maryland One Step Closer to Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Marijuana April 12 2014

Source: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Md-House-to-Vote-on-Marijuana-Decriminalization-Bill-254039131.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_DCBrandX

 

The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The House voted 78-55 on Saturday for the bill. It would eliminate criminal charges for possessing less than 10 grams.

The Senate has already approved a similar measure, but changes made by the House will require Senate approval to pass the bill before the legislative session ends midnight Monday.

The Senate had proposed a $100 penalty for every offense. The House bill raises the penalties to $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third offense.

Nina Smith, a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley, says the Democratic governor will review the bill if it passes the General Assembly.

O'Malley, a former Baltimore mayor, has expressed wariness about decriminalizing marijuana in the past.