ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus has voted to endorse legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The caucus voted Thursday to endorse the measure sponsored by Delegate Curt Anderson, D-Baltimore. Anderson says the bill is needed because African-American youths are disproportionately arrested and convicted for marijuana use.

Under the bill, police would issue a citation to someone possessing less than an ounce of marijuana instead of arresting the person.

The individual would pay a fine of up to $100, and the person would not receive a criminal record on the first or second offense.

Massachusetts passed similar legislation last year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (17)
  1. kc says:

    This sounds reasonable. I don’t believe in drugs, but I do feel that having less than an ounce of weed is a less serious offense.

  2. NO DOPE says:


    1. jb says:

      No dope. What give you the right to tell people what they can and can’t do ? The fact its illegal is a joke to begin with. Drunk off your ass but no weed ? F u you commi !!

    2. FedUpWithItTooGrrrr! says:

      White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske argues “legalizing Cannabis would not be the cure-all proponents make it out to be because the black market would adapt to offer tax-free marijuana”.

      But the White House seems to be missing the point. Ending the marijuana prohibition is more about the return of personal freedom & justice that was forceably removed from our citizens by means of fraud, intimidation and extreme violence.

      Ending the prohibition is about creating an environment of peace and security for our citizens. Sending squads of armed swat teams complete with military grade weapons into the homes of peaceful citizens in search of a bag of marijuana is not only cruel but it is a threat to civilized society.

      The corporate owned media vary rarely report on SWAT raids gone wrong. But it happens every day. There are numerous examples on Youtube and other privately owned media websites that host thousands of videos of SWAT teams breaking into the wrong house and killing the occupants, killing sleeping children, firing on puppies running for their lives, killing family members, etc. If this was happening in any other country our government would be making plans to occupy it and “save” the people from their evil oppressors.

      We live in a Federally controlled police state that has been infiltrated by a ruling class of wealthy international figures who swear no allegiance to any particular flag. They are motivated and guided strictly by greed and for the desire to monopolize and dominate.

      True patriots would not violently attack, intimidate and imprison their own countrymen for the sake of the almighty dollar.

      The majority of Americans are strongly opposed to these policies and want them ended now. The majority of Americans citizens do not condone the imprisonment and killing of non violent citizens. The current laws are unjust. They were not created by, nor designed for the safety and security of Americas citizens.

      Ending the prohibition would result in a boon of innovation and opportunities that would inject billions of dollars amongst the general population and at ground level. The resulting “trickle up” effect is a proven yet frequently overlooked method that will stimulate our economy in ways not seen since the end of the first Great Depression and the beginning of WWII. Literally tens of thousands of products can be made with Cannabis including bibles, fine paper, linen quality cloth, beverages, ointments, fuel, nutritional supplements, and many more items too numerous to mention.

      Collecting a sales tax is only one of the benefits. We can iron out the wrinkles as we move along just as we do with everything else.

  3. NO DOPE says:


    1. brian davidson says:

      did u know that there are more white people in jail for pot than blacks? i am a black male who thinks that pointing fingers and blaming everyone else is a waste of time and energy. we have to unite and stick together. as long as we stay mad and bitter, we will never heal as a people.

      1. FedUpWithItTooGrrrr! says:

        Hey Brian…..dont let the inbred rednecks get you down. Im a white person and I for one understand that the shlt is equally distributed throughout the races.

  4. baltimores finest says:

    what will baltimore city police do fo rleiurse

  5. BELIEVE says:


    1. FedUpWithItTooGrrrr! says:

      No, now that you mention it. We need to start executing all of the alcoholics and pillheads and then legalize cannabis. According to the UN, WHO & CDC those two actions alone would account for a 40-60% reduction in violence. At the same time we’ll save money on public assistance programs, police labor costs, and medical costs to the taxpayers.

  6. Unknown says:

    It’s not bad because hell Baltimore needs to chill out and having less then oz. is fine with me. Also to the people against drugs good for you, but don’t put other people down just because they smoke weed its a minor drug and less people will upgrade to crack, heroin, etc. because it’s legal. So you put that in a blunt and smoke it!!!

  7. brian davidson says:

    weed does not keep the black man down. black people, whites, and latinas keep themselves down by their actions and choices. i am so sick of the race card. i think it’s a good idea in that a citizen who gets arrested for pot should not be sent to jail with rapists, murderers, and pedofiles unless maybe if he is caught dealing.

  8. brian davidson says:

    i don’t believe in driving under the influence of anything. pot is no exception. but, if i want to sit in my basement and smoke a joint while watching IDOL, i should be allowed to. everyday more and more government runs our lives and tells us what to do. besides the church, there is no more corruption in this country than the federal’s almost like they are all stoned too.

  9. MzB says:

    If we don’t have a problem druggin kids and adults with prescriptions for their ADHD and Bi-Polar disorders.. why does it seem like such a big deal to smoke a bowl! I mean hell google it! There are less side effects to pot then there are your average prescription medication! Not to mention the contraversial health benefits ( yes I said benefits) I am all for pot farming and legalization, but I would be satisfied with a start… less jail time and a fine. We have rapist and murders that do more jail time their our pot heads!

  10. MzB says:

    Less jail time ( ooops)

  11. FedUpWithItTooGrrrr! says:

    Our government spends $135,000,000 per day on this ridiculous war on drugs. but it only focuses on one herb that is not only harmless but medically and therapeutically invaluable.

    Annual cost to enforce the prohibition:
    35,000,000,000 (billion per yr)

    Annual cost to feed 1,000,000 non violent cannabis users, now converted into wards of the state:
    58,275,000,000 (billion per yr)

    Rough estimate of number of non violent citizens removed from taxpayer status and converted into non taxpaying prisoners:
    1,000,000 non violent citizens and millions of their family members forced into poverty (the cost of which is not included in any of the stats stated here).

    Value of cannabis sales in the USA alone, with currently every dime of this going to the criminal cartels that manage of nations number one cash crop
    36,000,000,000 (billion per yr)

    Either legalize it or criminalize everything else including the legal drugs that are responsible for all of the damage to society. The current situation is offensive to anyone with a higher intelligence than a chimpanzee. It’s damaging our society and bankrupting our country.

    I’m NOT seriously advocating the criminalization of another part of human culture and the trampling of more of our rights. But I only offer the following information for the purpose of showing how irrational the prohibition of cannabis really is.

    Alcohol and legal pharmaceuticals are responsible for 40-60% of all violent crime REPORTED in the world, according to the UN, WHO, CDC and every police force in the country.

    Our government allows Big Pharma to produce 100 times more synthetic heroin (oxycontin) than is legally prescribed! It has no nutritional or therapeutic value and is intended strictly for extreme pain relief. Big Pharmas main consumers of this product appear to be the illicit drug trade.

    The abuse of alcohol and legal pharmaceuticals leads to violence, poverty, soaring divorce rates, massive deaths of innocent lives, broken families, reliance upon social services, etc. Its a plague on society yet perfectly legal.

    Alcohol causes close to 1,000 deaths EVERY DAY due to intoxicated drivers stoned out of their minds. The cost to the public is in the billions.

    Pharmaceutical drugs even when used as recommended cause an equivalent number of deaths. The cost to the publich health system is in the billions.

    Big Pharma takes the profits and spends it on their families. They do not reimburse the tax payers for all of the damage that their products cause.

    Alcohol is one of the leading causes of illness and medical problems. The cost to the public health system and taxpayers is in the billions.

    No one benefits from the war on cannabis except for the 1/2 dozen guys that own pill factories and the politicians that they bought and paid for.

    Cannabis can be used to make bibles, fine paper, linen quality clothing, beverages, ointments, nutritional supplements, saddle blankets, diapers, backpacks, rope, sails for boats, and 20,000 other products.

    Ending the prohibition of cannabis has the power to turn the United States back into a Manufacturing Superpower which is exactly what was needed to pull us out of the first great depression and exactly what we need to pull us out of this one.
    Call your representatives and demand that they end this blatant abuse of powers entrusted to them by the citizens of the United States of America. The time for change is now. We’ve been beaten, abused and imprisoned into poverty. The politicians need to understand that they work for us and not for the benefit of Big Pharma and other corporate elites.

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