Maryland Marijuana Possession Laws

marylandMaryland Marijuana Possession Laws:

 

Less than 10 grams:

Penalty: Civil infraction up to $100 (up to $500 if caught consuming in public).

 

10 grams to 50 pounds:

Penalty: Misdemeanor with up to 1 year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $1,000.

 

50 pounds or more:

Penalty: Felony with a 5 year mandatory minimum sentence and/or a maximum fine of $100,000.

 

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Maryland Governor Signs Bill Allowing Dentists, Nurses and Midwives to Recommend Medical Cannabis

(Photo: THCFinder.com)
(Photo: THCFinder.com)

Legislation (House Bill 104) to greatly expand the type of healthcare professional that can legally recommend medical cannabis to patients has been signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan. The measure was passed by the Senate last month 36 to 10, which followed an 110 to 21 vote in the House of Representatives in February.

Under the new law, midwives, nurses, dentists and foot doctors will be allowed to certify patients to legally use medical cannabis. Under current law, that authority is restricted to physicians. The law was introduced by Delegate Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore City).

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Hemp Legislation Signed into Law by Maryland Governor

hemphemphempMaryland Governor Larry Gogan has signed into law legislation that allows academic institutions to cultivate hemp for research purposes.

House Bill 443 was passed unanimously by Maryland’s Senate as well as their House of Representatives. Unfortunately the bill doesn’t allow for the commercial cultivation of hemp, but advocates of the bill argue that allowing academic institutions to study it is the first step towards the state legalizing hemp for all farmers, given that the studies are sure to come back with positive results.

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Maryland Legislature Overrides Governor Veto, Decriminalizes Cannabis Paraphernalia

Cannabis ParaphernaliaThe Maryland House and Senate voted 86-55 and 29-17 today to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of Senate Bill 517, to decriminalize cannabis paraphernalia.

The proposal, introduced by Senator Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), removes criminal penalties for the possession of cannabis paraphernalia, such as pipes, bongs and grinders. Governor Hogan vetoed this common sense measure in May, after it was approved 32-13 in the Senate and 83-53 in the House of Delegates.

The approval of this new law comes after the state’s adoption of a 2014 policy that removes criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of cannabis, while leaving in place penalties for cannabis paraphernalia.

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Maryland Lawmakers Approve Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis Paraphernalia

Maryland’smaryland House of Delegates has approved a proposal to decriminalize the possession of cannabis paraphernalia. The vote was 84 to 52.

In 2014, Maryland lawmakers approved a proposal – which took effect in September – that decriminalized the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis, making it no longer a criminal offense, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor as it was before. However, a loophole in the law kept cannabis paraphernalia illegal, with those caught in possession charged with a misdemeanor.

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Maryland House Approves Bill to Allow those on Parole and Probation to Possess and Use Cannabis

Maryland’s Housemaryland of Delegates has voted to approve a bill that would allow those on parole and probation to possess and use small amounts of 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.

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Poll: Majority in Maryland Support Legalizing Cannabis, Believe it’s Safer than Sugar

New pollingmaryland conducted and released by Goucher College has found that a majority of those in Maryland support the legalization of cannabis for recreational use, and believe cannabis is less dangerous than sugar.

According to the poll; “Fifty-two percent of Marylanders support making the use of marijuana legal in Maryland; 44 percent oppose.

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Companion Bills to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Maryland with Over 40 Legislative Sponsors

Companions billmaryland to legalize recreational cannabis have been filed in Maryland’s House and Senate with over 40 legislative sponsors.

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.

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Maryland Decriminalization Bill Now in Effect

The possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis is no longer a criminal offensemaryland in Maryland, as Senate Bill 364 becomes law.

Senate Bill 364, which was signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley in April, officially took effect at midnight (EST), October 1st. The proposal makes the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis a simple $100 ticket for someone’s first offense, instead of an arrestable misdemeanor as it was before. A person’s second offense will be a ticket of $250, and all following offense will be a $500 ticket.

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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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