Archive for March, 2013
Marylanders caught with marijuana may soon face a small fine instead of time behind bars.
The Maryland Senate voted in favor of a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana on Tuesday.
On a bipartisan vote of 30-16, the Senate approved legislation that makes possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense, subject to the maximum penalty of a $100 fine, according to the Capital Gazette. Laws currently on the books for a such a possession invokes a maximum penalty of $500 and 90 days in prison.
If the bill becomes law, Maryland would join a growing number of states that are enacting more lax marijuana laws, including Colorado and Washington state, where voters chose to legalize marijuana on ballot referendums in 2012.
The sponsor of the bill, State Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), said that the law was needed in order to avoid overspending on charging individuals with possession of small amounts of marijuana.
“It is a tremendous waste of resources,” Zirkin said, according to the Baltimore Sun.
According to State Sen. Allan Kittleman (R-Howard and Carroll), a co-sponsor of the bill, police made around “47,000 arrests” related to marijuana possession in the state last year.
(Thanks to BREAKINGNEWSALLDAY on YouTube for the link)
We all agree – marijuana needs to be legalized. Enough is enough! In this video, Oregon Congressman Blumenauer speaks out about why marijuana should be legalized and no longer treated as a dangerous drug.
It’s very clear that the United States Government is not paying attention to the facts about cannabis. Thankfully, we are in the midst of major legislative action in re: to the legalization of marijuana. Hopefully more politicians such as Blumenauer will step forward with logic.
(Sorry for the delay between updates on my page, all!!! I got inundated with heinous work and other things, I’ll try to be better 😉 )