Maryland Politics Dual Approach to Marijuana

Posted on: March 27th, 2013  |  No Comments

This term Maryland politicians have begun voting on passing one or both of the dual national movements surrounding Marijuana; decriminalization and medical use.

The Maryland Senate voted 30-16 on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 to decriminalize the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. The measure would change the current penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine for possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana to a $100 civil fine. The law was changed last year to reduce jail time for possession under 10 grams to 90 days instead of a year in jail. This bill is expected to face an uphill fight in the House of Delegates.
Via The Daily Record

Meanwhile the Maryland House of delegates approved, 108 to 28, a bill on March 25, 2013 that would legalize medical marijuana. Maryland’s bill would limit distribution of marijuana to a small number of qualified academic medical centers. Under the bill, the centers would be required to monitor patients and publish their findings. The Senate has not taken actions during this session on a medical marijuana bill but said they would give it careful consideration during the final two weeks of the 90-day session.
Via John Wagner and Aaron C. Davis of The Washington Post

A version of The Washington Post article appeared in print on Tuesday March 26, 2013, on pages B, B2 with the headline: Md. House approves medical marijuana.

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