MPP’s Rachelle Yeung talks Maryland Marijuana Decriminalization on Fox 5

Marijuana Policy Project legislative analyst Rachelle Yeung discussed the bill recently passed by the Maryland legislature that would replace current penalties for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.

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The Maryland House of Delegates voted last Saturday 78 to 55 in favor of Senate Bill 364 which reduces the penalty for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil offense.

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The bill would make possession of 10 grams or less a civil offense with the first offense punishable by a $100.

The fine for a second offense would be $250, and the fine for a third and subsequent offenses would be $500. The original Senate version set the fine at $100, no matter which offense it was.