Legislation to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Possession Introduced in Maryland
Legislation seeking to reduce marijuana possession penalties has been introduced in the Maryland legislature and is co-sponsored by over twenty house members. House Bill 606 amends current state law so that the adult possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is reduced from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by one year in jail and a $ 1000 maximum fine) to a civil offense, punishable by a $ 100 fine, no jail time, and no criminal record. Full text of the bill can be read online here.
House Bill 606 has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary and is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, February 22nd at 1pm. You may contact the members of the Committee here. You can follow the progress of HB 606 on its Facebook page here. You can tell your representative to support this legislation by entering your zip code below.
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