ANNAPOLIS — 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.
Read House Bill 606: http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/billfile/HB0606.htm