Md. House votes to decriminalize marijuana!

Yesterday afternoon, the Maryland House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved an amended version of the decriminalization bill. In a 78-55 vote, the House approved imposing civil fines — not criminal penalties and possible jail time — on those possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana.The bill now goes back to the Senate for concurrence, before heading to Gov. Martin O’Malley. Gov. O’Malley has previously said he’s “not much in favor” of decriminalization, so it’s essential that he hear from you. Please email the…

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Press Release: Maryland House of Delegates Approves Amended Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Maryland House of Delegates Approves Amended Marijuana Decriminalization Bill SB 364 would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense; more than two-thirds of Maryland voters support stronger decriminalization legislation, and more than half of state voters support removing all penalties for adult marijuana possession Statement below from the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates approved a bill Saturday 78-55 that would…

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Press Release: Maryland Committee Passes Amended Bill to Create a Marijuana Task Force

MARIJUANA POLICY COALITION OF MARYLAND For Immediate Release April 2, 2014 Maryland Committee Passes Amended Bill to Create a Marijuana Task Force ANNAPOLIS — Today, the House Judiciary Committee voted to amend Senate Bill 364, which would have replaced criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of limited amounts of marijuana, to establish a task force to study whether and how the state’s marijuana laws should be changed. Three weeks ago, the Maryland Senate passed the un-amended version…

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House panel rejects marijuana decriminalization, sets study

Michael Dresser The Baltimore Sun April 2, 2014 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 study possible changes in marijuana laws. The move effectively ends efforts in Maryland this year…

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Lawmakers: Legalize, regulate, tax marijuana

Hixson: ‘Why prop up drug cartels and gangs?’ By Kate S. Alexander Maryland could join Colorado in legalizing marijuana if lawmakers pass a proposal to tax and regulate pot, similar to alcohol, in the Free State. Lawmakers backed by the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland — which includes Maryland chapters of the ACLU and the League of Women Voters — intend to introduce legislation soon that would make the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults…

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