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Maryland Senate Votes to Decriminalize Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

Bill is now headed to the House of Delegates

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The Maryland State Senate yesterday voted todecriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, writes the Examiner.

With a 30-16 vote, a bill that would drop the fine for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana down to a $100 fine moves to the House of Delegates, where it faces an uncertain future. Existing law puts the penalty at a $500 fine and a possible jail term of 90 days. Maryland legislators are also debating a bill that would allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes; in 2011 they passed a bill allowing for an affirmative defense based on medical need.

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  1. “…moves to the House of Delegates, where it faces an uncertain future.”
    I’ll say. The Judiciary Committee is run by a old-school pol named Joe Valleria (sp?). He’s been quoted thus “I think it sends a bad message to the kids”. What a dope. But here in the Free Republic of Maryland, which skews about 8-1 Democrat, old Joe is unmovable. He’s been known to pocket veto bills he doesn’t like for YEARS. So it’s very much debatable what’ll happen.
    This is obviously a separate issue from the fact cannabis should be totally & completely legal to use by consenting adults in a responsible manner.

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