Maryland Criminal Law Attorney | Marijuana Decriminalization Passes Senate, Awaits HouseAuthor: Portner & Shure
Just last week, the Senate voted 36 to 8 on a measure that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense as opposed to a criminal offense. Under this bill, if one is caught with 10 grams or less, a civil citation will be issued along with a fine up to $100.
Last year, almost 20,000 Marylanders were charged along with 3,000 fined or jailed. Supporters of the bill argue that recreational marijuana use should be decriminalized to protect those who could lose their jobs or be kicked out of school for possession. Furthermore, treating marijuana as a crime is simply a waste of public resources that should be used to catch real criminals.