Maryland Moves Toward Marijuana Decriminalization

 by lucy

Many states and cities in the US have been working toward marijuana decriminalization recently, and Maryland is now taking part in the movement.

Montgomery County Police are changing their tactics following the passage of two new laws in the state.  Now, small amounts of marijuana will still be considered a crime, but it will be a less serious offense than it currently is, according to officials.

The decriminalization measures have been put into place to combat a constantly growing backlog of marijuana possession-related cases.

Deputy commander of the Montgomery County’s police department’s Special Investigators Division, Lt. Stephen D’Ovidio, has stated that, “[Marijuana] is still the most prevalent and widely available illegal drug in Montgomery County by far, and we’re going to keep targeting it as such until the law is changed.  We’re going after the dealers and suppliers; we’re not targeting the users.”

The two new laws will go into effect in the state in the coming months.  They will make minor marijuana possession punishable by a citation rather than a prison sentence.

Over the last few years, marijuana related arrests have made up up to 74% of all drug possession arrests in Montgomery County.  Many of those charged request trial by jury, which bogs down the court system.



4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    Mike-420 said on Jul 18, 2012

    Baby steps ! :D

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    AZDank420 said on Jul 18, 2012

    Movin on up!!!

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    phc420 said on Jul 18, 2012

    :) its going to be mary in maryland!

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    Unza said on Jul 19, 2012

    It's going too slow on the East Coast. I would like to see MMJ available to all that need or desire it.
    and I would like to see this before I die and I'm in my early 60s so I wish they would move their tushies a tad faster.

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