District of Columbia activists plan to ask a congressman who wants to block the city from liberalizing its marijuana laws to handle a host of other local concerns.
The Republican-led House moved Wednesday to block the nation’s capital from liberalizing its marijuana laws through an amendment to a major spending bill.
More than a third of U.S. states have some form of marijuana decriminalization, but only the District of Columbia’s pot policy is being singled out for a Congressional hearing.
Maryland joins 17 other states in decriminalizing marijuana. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill Monday that replaces jail time with fines for possession of small amounts.
A busy day in Annapolis Monday. Governor Martin O’Malley will sign off on big changes to the state’s marijuana law, even though there’s still heated opposition.
Now that Maryland is decriminalizing marijuana, could legalization be far behind?
A member of Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus is asking the House to fully decriminalize marijuana this year instead of just commissioning a study on the prospect.
Maryland’s legislature apparently won’t eliminate criminal policies for marijuana possession this year, but it will likely take a step in that direction.
The Maryland Senate has overwhelmingly passed a measure reducing the penalty for marijuana possession to a $100 fine.
The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Friday approved a measure relegating marijuana possession to a civil offense.
Three of the 11 Senators voted against the measure. Sen. Christopher Shank, D-Washington, who voted against it last year, said he was uncertain at the start of a meeting Friday. At the end of a 30-minute discussion, he held his nose and voted “yes.”
District of Columbia lawmakers took a long-awaited first step Tuesday toward decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, but not before watering down the bill to maintain criminal penalties for smoking in public.
It took nearly 15 years after voters approved medical marijuana for it to become available in the District of Columbia, but the next major change to pot laws in the nation’s capital is on the fast track.