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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