Maryland’s top court will consider whether police officers, upon smelling a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle, may frisk all the passengers in a car they have stopped for a traffic violation.Read More »
On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 men and women sit behind bars on simple drug possession charges, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. Nearly two-thirds ...Read More »
Maryland’s top court will consider whether police officers who smell marijuana emanating from a car have probable cause to search the vehicle without a warrant even though possession of less than 10 grams of the drug has been merely a civil offense – not a crime – for the past two years.Read More »
As Maryland develops it medical marijuana licensing program, one problem persists. Businesses that sell marijuana complain that they have no place to secure their money. A recent Senate committee vote took a step toward addressing those concerns. In a 16-14 ...Read More »
ANNAPOLIS — An attempt to override a bill changing how taxes are assessed on online hotel bookings is pitting the Maryland Chamber of Commerce against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and has some Republican legislators rankled. The bill is one of ...Read More »
I’m writing this the day after I tried a case where my client was charged with distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. This case seemed way over-charged and the jury agreed: it came back after with a defense ...Read More »
Two years ago the Legislature made a sweeping change to our marijuana laws. The possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana became a civil offense and not a crime. However, the Legislature failed to do anything about paraphernalia used to smoke marijuana. We were in the odd position of having less than 10 grams of marijuana as a civil violation but the pipe used to smoke it was a criminal violation.
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