Source: CBS Baltimore April 07, 2014

Beginning October 1, 2014, marijuana will be decriminalized in the state of Maryland. In a moment of clarity, Gov. Martin O’Malley claimed he’s ready to put pen to paper and sign Senate bill 364 – this momentous epiphany came after Senate bill 364 (the marijuana decriminalization legislation) was passed by the state Senate by a margin of 34 to 8.

Showing growth, O’Malley noted, “as a young prosecutor, I once thought that decriminalizing the possession of marijuana might undermine the public will necessary to combat drug violence and improve public safety – I now think that decriminalizing possession is an acknowledgment of the low priority that our courts, our prosecutors, our police, and the vast majority of citizens already attached to this transgression of public order and public health. Such acknowledgment in law might even lead to a greater focus on far more serious threats to public safety and the lives of our citizens.”

Once Senate bill 364 has been signed into law, the personal possession of up to 10 g of stash will be little more than an expensive ticket. That’s right, no jail time – instead they’re going to extract some of your cold hard cash. First offense will equal a $100 fine, the second offense gets pumped up to $250 – with each subsequent offense costing the unlucky smoker $500 a pop.

While those maybe expensive reminders to wise up… It still better than jail time.

source:  http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/04/07/md-lawmakers-enter-last-day-of-session-marijuana-decriminalization-minimum-wage-on-agenda/

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