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HB 550 - Expands Marijuana Decriminalization Policies - Maryland Key Vote

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Title: Expands Marijuana Decriminalization Policies

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands marijuana decriminalization policies.

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  • Increases the amount of possession of marijuana from less than 10 grams to less than 1 ounce for monetary, non-jail penalties (Sec. 1).

  • Establishes the following penalties for possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana (Sec. 1):

    • The first finding of guilt is a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $100; 

    • The second finding of guilt is a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $250; and

    • The third or subsequent finding of guilt is a civil offense punishable by up to $500.

  • Specifies that in addition to a fine, a court will order a person who commits a violation to attend a drug education program, refer the person to an assessment for substance abuse disorder, and refer the person to substance abuse treatment, if necessary (Sec. 1).

Title: Expands Marijuana Decriminalization Policies

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