In 2014 the Maryland General Assembly changed Maryland law as to the penalties that can be imposed for possession of marijuana, so that possession of less than 10 grams is now considered a civil offense punishable by a fine and not a criminal defense. Whether this change in the law affects searches and seizures in Maryland was explored in an opinion last month from Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals in a case called Joshua Bowling v. State.
SILVER SPRING – Local politicians and activists brainstormed solutions to mass incarceration, police misconduct and racial inequality in Maryland at a town hall panel July 2 organized by political organization Progressive Neighbors.
The forum focused on how the state of Maryland is addressing these issues as well as gun violence in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death and the riots that followed in Baltimore.
As the end of the General Assembly’s regular session on April 13 approaches, here is the status of some bills of interest:
ANNAPOLIS – After Maryland decriminalized small amounts of marijuana last year, some members of the General Assembly are looking to take it one step further: legalization.
Both the House of Delegates and the Senate now have bills up for hearing that would legalize marijuana for those 21 and over.