Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has signed Senate Bill 364. The measure decriminalizes the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis.
Under the new law, someone caught possessing 10 grams of cannabis or less will be given, at most, a simple $100 ticket for their first offense. For someone’s second offenses, they can be given a $250 ticket, and the ticket can be raised to $500 for subsequent offenses. No amount of offenses will result in jail time or a criminal record.
The new law will take effect on October 1st.