Maryland House Approves Bill to Allow those on Parole and Probation to Possess and Use Cannabis
The proposal, sponsored by Delegate David Moon (D-Montgomery), would allow those on parole, and those on probation, to possess and use up to 10 grams of cannabis, which was decriminalized by state lawmakers in 2014.
Although the proposal specifically mentioned the possession and use of cannabis when it was introduced, it was amended clarify that a person cannot be sanctioned for a parole or probation violation if they have committed any “nonjailable civil offense.”
The bill is “an attempt to keep nonviolent offenders out of the system”, says Delegate Moon. “The spirit is to include all offenses that have been moved from criminal to civil.”
Last week Maryland’s House and Senate approved a bill decriminalizing cannabis paraphernalia (which under current law is a criminal offense despite the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis being a simple ticket), sending it to Governor Larry Hogan for consideration.