The Marijuana Control and Revenue Act of 2015 (House Bill 911 and Senate Bill 531) would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, as well as the private cultivation of up to six cannabis plants. The proposal would also legalize state-licensed cannabis retail outlets, with the Maryland Comptroller tasked with establishing specific rules and regulations.
Maryland’s Senate gave final approval today to Senate Bill 364, a proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. The measure has already passed the full House, and now heads to the governor for consideration.
If signed into law by the governor, or allowed to become law without his signature, the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis would no longer carry with it the potential of jail time, but instead would be reduced to a simple $100 ticket.