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

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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, effective October 1, 2014.

Highlights:
  • Reduces the penalty for a first or second 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 (Sec. 1).
  • Requires a court to hold a trial for an individual convicted of a third or subsequent offense of possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a court to require an individual convicted of the third or subsequent offense of possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana to attend a drug treatment and educational program approved by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana

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