Maryland Decriminalizes Pot Paraphernalia and Smoking In Public
On last Thursday, the Maryland General Assembly decriminalized marijuana paraphernalia and smoking in public which caused and override to Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the bill from last spring. The law aligns paraphernalia charges with the state’s previous decriminalization of marijuana and defines use of the drug in a public place as a civil offense punishable by a fine up to $500. Supporters of the veto override said the vote was a solution to an existing flaw in the law, which could allow a person to receive a fine for possessing marijuana and charges for the drug paraphernalia.
The General Assembly also overrode four other bills that Hogan vetoed in the spring. Two focus on hotel taxes from Internet booking sites, one prohibits police from seizing assets of less than $300 during an arrest and the last funds an Annapolis art center. The Senate will vote on February 5, 2016 to override a veto of a bill that would give ex-felons the right to vote.