Maryland Senate Committee Approves Bill to Impose a Civil Fine for Marijuana Possession

Statements below from, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Maryland, the NAACP Maryland State Conference, and the Marijuana Policy Project ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee approved a bill 8-3 with bipartisan support on Friday that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of limited amounts of marijuana. The measure will now receive a full vote in the Senate, which approved a similar measure last year with bipartisan support. SB 364, a bill with bi-partisan support co-sponsored by Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore) and Sen. Allan Kittleman (R-Howard), would replace criminal penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana with a $100 fine, similar to a parking ticket. It would also make penalties for minors the same as those for underage possession of alcohol. Under current Maryland law, possession of small amounts of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to...

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