Gov. Martin O’Malley Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession in Maryland

SB 364 makes 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 — Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill into law Monday making Maryland the 18th state in the nation to remove the threat of jail time for possession of small amounts…

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Congratulations and thank you to our many legislative allies on decriminalization victory!

On April 5, the Maryland House of Delegates voted 78-55 to impose civil fines, rather than possible jail time, on those possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana. This vote occurred mere days after the House Judiciary Committee gutted the decriminalization bill, S.B. 364, and replaced it with a task force, which would not even have reported its findings for almost two years. On April 7, the Senate concurred in the amendments in a 33-8 vote. Immediately after the Senate concurrence, Gov. Martin O'Malley…

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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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