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SB 364 - Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana - Key Vote

Maryland Key Votes

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (34-8) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (78-55) - (Key vote)

Title: Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that reduces penalties for marijuana possession, effective October 1, 2014.

Highlights:
  • Reduces the penalty for a first offense of possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana to a fine of $100 from a maximum prison sentence of 90 days, a fine up to $500, or both (Sec. 1).
  • Classifies the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana as a civil offense punishable by the following fines (Sec. 1):
    • A maximum fine of $250 for a second offense; and
    • A maximum fine of $500 and for a third or subsequent offense.
  • Requires an individual less than 21 years of age who violates a provision of this bill or an individual older than 21 who commits a third or subsequent offense to perform the following actions (Sec. 1):
    • Attend a drug education program approved by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene;
    • Perform an assessment for substance abuse disorder; and
    • Enter substance abuse treatment, if deemed necessary by the court.  
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (36-8) - (Key vote)

Title: Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that reduces penalties for marijuana possession.

Highlights:

Project Vote Smart staff and volunteers have provided this synopsis based on an initial review of the text and voting record of SB 364. We will continue to analyze the contents of this bill and will have more information available as soon as possible.

For further status information, call the Voter's Research Hotline at 1-888-VOTE-SMART (1-888-868-3762).

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana

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