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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 governor to let him know it’s time to end Reefer Madness in Maryland. Yesterday’s vote was the product of lots of hard work from the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland and our allies. Just a few days ago, the House Judiciary Committee gutted the decriminalization bill and replaced it with a task force that wouldn’t report back for two years. Thanks to the leadership from the Legislative Black Caucus and Del. Keiffer Mitchell, along with Eric Luedtke, Heather Mizeur, Michael Smigiel, David Fraser-Hidalgo, Nathaniel Oaks, bill sponsor Sen. Bobby Zirkin, and many other passionate members of the General Assembly, we were able to turn the tide. Many thanks to all of you who emailed and called your delegates. But our work on this long overdue reform is not done. Please email Gov. O’Malley today and urge your friends and family to do so, too. And don’t forget to make sure you’re plugged into our efforts by liking the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland on Facebook and following the coalition on Twitter.

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