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Md. Senate panel considers bill to expand marijuana decriminalization

Marijuana plants grow under special lights. Reports filed with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission indicate that about 10 percent of the investors in the state’s industry are minorities. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Legislation that would nearly triple the amount of marijuana a person could possess before being considered a criminal came before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Wednesday. Under current law, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is a civil ...

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Odor-based pot arrests are unconstitutional: Md. high court

“(P)olice officers must have probable cause to believe a person possesses a criminal amount of marijuana in order to arrest that person and conduct a search incident thereto,” Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera wrote for the high court. (iStock photo)

Police officers lack probable cause to arrest and search someone for marijuana possession simply for smelling of the drug, because possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is not a crime in Maryland, the state’s top court unanimously ruled ...

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