Maryland Proposal to Decriminalize Cannabis Takes Effect Wednesday

A proposal to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis will officially take effect on Wednesday, October 1st in Maryland.marijuana3

Senate Bill 364, which was signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley 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, and all subsequent tickets will carry 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 the new law.

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.

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Jamaica Will Soon Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

Jamaica will soon decriminalize the personal possession of cannabis, and will also allowjam possession for medical, religious and scientific purposes, according to an announcement made today by Justice Minister Mark Golding.

According to the announcement, the cabinet is supporting a soon-to-be-released proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, making it a simple fine rather than an arrestable offense.

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