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Maryland black caucus backs bill easing marijuana law

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.

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Online:

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

2 comments

  1. I AM BLACK AND I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THESE GROUPS!!!! Marijuana is illegal….let the African American youths follow the law!!! You want to freely use drugs, go to Mexico!!!!

  2. Props to the Maryland CBC! As a criminal defense attorney I have witnessed many lives ruined as a direct result of marijuana convictions. I view this as hypocrisy at its worst. My generation has liberally consumed alcohol for generations, resulting in horrendous strains on our health care system, and countless meaningless deaths on our highways. Our law enforcement professionals have far more dangerous criminals to pursue, and frequently voice their protestations regarding the idiocy of the current laws. Let common sense prevail. Pass this legislation!