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: Jcoleman Tuesday May 27, 2014 6:42 pm|
Last week in Washington DC, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s political dark money group met with corporate funders at the DC headquarters of the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). ANGA is the lead lobby group for the fracking and shale industry, with a budget of $69 million in 2012. O’Malley’s group is called newDEAL, which describes itself as a “national network searching the country for state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives to help them share their innovative ideas.”
I found out about the meeting when I was forwarded an invitation.
|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 February 3, 2014 1:21 pm|
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) is prepared to run for President in 2016. He told the Washington Post he can’t wait for Hillary Clinton to announce her decision before laying the groundwork necessary.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 2, 2013 12:00 pm|
With a stroke of his pen Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) made his state the latest to adopt medical marijuana. One of the several bills O’Malley signed into law this morning was HB 1101, Medical Marijuana – Academic Medical Centers – Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission. The law takes effect October 1st.
This makes Maryland the 19th state to technically adopt a medical marijuana law.
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 8, 2013 3:00 pm|
During the last day of the legislative session the Maryland Senate overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana bill. It passed in a vote of 42 yes to 4 no. The bill, HB 1101, had previously cleared the House of Delegates last month. It now goes to the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 19, 2013 1:05 pm|
The Maryland Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that would reduce the penalties for marijuana possession. In a 30-16 vote, the Senate adopted SB 297, which would reduce the penalties for use or possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.
|By: Jon Walker Monday March 18, 2013 1:05 pm|
It is time to take a moment to again reflect on just how much progress has been made on the issue of marriage equality in the last decade.
Back during the 2008 Democratic primary none of the strongest candidates supported same-sex marriage. Now with the recent endorsement of Hillary Clinton, every Democrat that is viewed as a possible top tier candidate in the 2016 Presidential primary has come out in favor of marriage equality.
|By: David Dayen Monday July 16, 2012 2:40 pm|
The National Governors Association meeting came and went this weekend without any definitive answers on Medicaid expansion – from both sides of the political divide. Republicans continue to be either adamantly opposed to expanding Medicaid for their populations or undecided about the matter. And Democratic governors, for that matter, have not lined up in total support, either.
|By: David Dayen Friday June 29, 2012 8:58 am|
I was just on a conference call where Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) was asked whether he thought Republican governors might opt out of the Medicaid expansion in light of the Supreme Court’s ACA ruling yesterday. He replied, “I don’t know. Some of our colleagues would like to get out of being members of the Union.” I think that’s the right way to look at it. These are an ideologically extreme set of characters, and they’re not going to go quietly, meekly accepting funds that expands health care for poor people. That goes against their worldview.