Senate Bill 364, a proposal to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis, will officially take effect on October 1st in Maryland.
The measure, signed into law by the state’s governor in April, decriminalizes the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis, making it a simple $100 ticket for someone’s first offense. A second offense will be a ticket of $250, with all subsequent tickets being a maximum fine of $500. Under no circumstance will the personal possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis result in a criminal charge.
Under current Maryland law, the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor which carries with it a potential 90 day jail sentence.