Starting today in Maryland, the penalty for getting caught with a small amount of marijuana will be a small fine instead of possible jail time. Back in April Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed into law SB 364, but the law didn’t take effect until today, October 1st. This makes Maryland the 17th state plus D.C. where marijuana is decriminalized.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:35 am|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 23, 2014 11:11 am|
Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff for President Obama, Rahm Emanuel (D) has called on the Illinois state legislature to reform drug laws and decriminalize marijuana.
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 18, 2014 11:07 am|
Marijuana decriminalization will likely be the November ballot in Santa Fe, New Mexico. According to the Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign, the Santa Fe City Clerk certified that enough valid signatures had been turned in for their initiative to qualify. It now goes to the city council for them to either directly approve it or allow it to instead be placed before the voters.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 18, 2014 2:55 pm|
Yesterday one of the best marijuana decriminalization laws in the country took effect in Washington D.C. This may leave some asking why Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization measure set to make the November ballot in the District, is still necessary. Unfortunately, history has shown merely decriminalizing marijuana isn’t enough.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 17, 2014 6:45 am|
The Council’s push for this new law was driven by racial justice concerns. According to the ACLU, the District had both one of the highest marijuana arrest rates in the country and one of the greatest levels of racial disparity in these arrests. Despite similar marijuana use rates among whites and blacks, blacks were 8 times more likely to be arrested in D.C.
This new law may only be temporary because even more extensive marijuana reform could be coming to the District in the near future.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 14, 2014 12:14 pm|
It is sounds like Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) might be looking for a face saving way out of the political fight he started with the people of D.C. when he tried to interfere with their new marijuana decriminalization bill.
|By: Jon Walker Friday May 9, 2014 12:29 pm|
In yet another reminder of why there needs to be Statehood for D.C., House Republicans held a hearing today on a local bill to decriminalization marijuana. The reason D.C. was singled out as the only local decriminalize bill to have a hearing in Congress is because the most basic democratic rights are denied to the roughly 600,000 citizens living in D.C.
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 25, 2014 11:55 am|
Starting on July 17th, being caught with less than an ounce of marijuana in the nation’s capitol should result in only a $25 fine. According to the Council of the District of Columbia that is when the recently approved decriminalization bill is projected to finally go into effect. But it could go into effect a few days earlier, a few weeks later, or even never at all depending on how Congress behaves.
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 14, 2014 10:57 am|
Maryland becomes the 21st state with a functional medical marijuana law, and the 10th to be approved through the state legislature
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 7, 2014 4:10 pm|
After some heated last minute maneuvers in the House of Delegates over the weekend the state of Maryland is set to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. On Monday, Gov. Martin O’Malley pledged to sign the marijuana decriminalization bill recently approved by the Senate.