Maryland Senate Okays Marijuana Decriminalization

The Maryland Senate today overwhelmingly approved a marijuana decriminalization bill with bipartisan support. It now heads to the House of Delegates.

The bill is Senate Bill 364, sponsored by Sen. Robert Zirkin (D-Montgomery County). It would replace criminal penalties for the possession of 10 grams of marijuana with a civil fine of up to $100. That should help in Maryland, which has the fourth-highest arrest rate per capita for marijuana possession.

The bill's next stop is the House Judiciary Committee, where a similar bill last year died without a vote. If you are a Maryland resident, contact your members of the House of Delegates to tell them to fight for this bill.

Kudos to the Maryland senators who did the right thing on decrim--even if they couldn't get a legalization bill through--and to the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland and the Marijuana Policy Project for helping show them the way. 

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Judiciary Committee will burry it again?

Anyone knows if there is a better chance it will pass this year? and will they allow selling weed for recreational uses? i wish Maryland will be the third to allow it...

Even when Maryland legalizes it, the price likely won't change

Maryland is controlled by nanny state tax and spend economic liberals, and when they bow to public pressure and financial pressure and "legalize" weed, it's likely to be faux legalization with the price being the same as black market prices. Their greed and alcohol supremacist bigotry will determine policy, if they can possibly get away with banning personal growing, they will.

The black market is ALWAYS cheaper! Get real people

Hello all, it is a basic fact.  The 'street price' of drugs is usually always cheaper than any 'store' prices, period.  Having a legal market for cannabis will not change the addiction problems nor the 'market value' of cannabis.  Legal cannabis gets taxed and a business needs to pay for overhead costs such as security, utilities and needs to pay the employees and other related business costs. The 'street' dealer doesn't collect taxes nor does he have to worry about the 'store front issues'.  The 'street' dealer will have cheaper prices overall. The addict and abuser of cannabis will likely buy from both sources but as most of us do, we like to spend less money for the same 'product' (aka the "Walmart factor"). You get more bang for your buck with treatment than prisons/jails or the 'War on Drugs' (which is a never ending battle in which the 'bad guys' have more money, more man power and weapons, and more power overall than any branch of law), as Stan Lee would say, 'nuff said!'

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