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Lawmakers legalize possession, distribution of heroin paraphernalia (access required)

The Maryland General Assembly on Monday night passed legislation to legalize the possession and distribution of heroin paraphernalia, including needles and syringes. The Senate vote was 28-19; the House tally was 95-38. The Senate tally would fall one short of ...

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Md. Senate passes bill legalizing paraphernalia possession (access required)

The Maryland Senate split largely on party lines Wednesday in passing legislation legalizing the possession of heroin paraphernalia, including needles and syringes. Democratic sponsors of the Senate Bill 420 called the legislation necessary to protect the health and safety of ...

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Good Samaritan law protects drugs users from prosecution, Md. court says (access required)

Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law protects from drug possession prosecution not only those who request medical assistance for a suspected overdose but also those for whom help is sought, the state’s second-highest court ruled Wednesday in overturning two heroin convictions. The ...

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Appeals court reverses manslaughter conviction in fatal overdose case (access required)

The Court of Special Appeals on Friday reversed an involuntary manslaughter conviction for a man who sold heroin to a friend who later overdosed, finding there was no evidence that the man knew the drugs were unusually dangerous. Nathan Johnson ...

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Md. high court reinstates manslaughter conviction for heroin distribution (access required)

Selling heroin to someone who later overdoses can rise to the level of manslaughter under certain circumstances, the state’s high court ruled Monday in a case watched by prosecutors around Maryland. The Court of Appeals, in a 4-3 decision, reinstated the ...

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Hogan calls on prosecutors to get tough on heroin, opioid dealers (access required)

Gov. Larry Hogan called on state’s attorneys from around Maryland to ramp up their prosecution of heroin dealers as part of a growing effort to address the heroin and opiate crisis. Hogan, appearing in St. Mary’s County for the announcement ...

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