Maryland Senate Committee Votes to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

In an 8 to 3 vote, Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has approved a proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabismaryland, removing the possibility of a criminal sentence, or jail time.

Under the proposal – Senate Bill 364 – the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis would become a simple $100 ticket, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor. The proposal is designed to free up police time and resources, according to Senator Robert Zirkin, the bill’s primary sponsor.

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Maryland Senate Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization

Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will be holding a public hearing this Tuesday to discuss Senate Bill 658, a proposal to legalize recreational cannabistheweedstreetjournal.com for adults in the state. A second proposal to decriminalize cannabis possession will also be discussed.

If approved into law, Senate Bill 658 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to 6 plants. The measure would also legalize state-licensed cannabis retail outlets.

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