The longtime leader of the Maryland Senate sharply criticized Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s plan to no longer prosecute marijuana possession charges.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., speaking to reporters following Gov. Larry Hogan’s fifth State of the State speech, praised the governor for his interest in curbing crime in Baltimore. That praise then morphed into an attack on Mosby’s recently announced policy.
“Miss Mosby is wrong,” Miller told reporters. “There are drug dealers in Baltimore City that need to be prosecuted. The laws need to be uniform across the state. We don’t need any drug dealers forgiven in Baltimore City. In fact, that’s part of the problem is these kids, they say, ‘You have the dispensaries now, well, we can sell it.”
Mosby, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that she would no longer prosecute marijuana possession charges brought in Baltimore City, saying there was no “demonstrable public safety benefit.”
“We need to get serious about prioritizing what actually makes us safe, and no one who is serious about public safety can honestly say that spending resources to jail people for marijuana use is a smart way to use our limited time and money,” Mosby said in a statement.
Mosby still plans on prosecuting dealers.
City police officials have said they will continue making possession arrests until the General Assembly changes the law.
Miller, also a Democrat, decried a proliferation of scales and baggies and sales to teens.
“They’re selling to high school kids,” said Miller. “We need to prosecute those people, and, guess what — the drug dealers need to go to jail. They don’t need to walk the streets of Baltimore City.”