Maryland Bill To Decriminalize Drugs

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Maryland House Bill 1119, sponsored by Delegate Dan Morhaim, aims to downgrade “violations relating to the use or possession of specified de minimis quantities of specified controlled dangerous substances” from misdemeanors to civil offenses; effectively decriminalizing drugs.

However, the bill also aims to penalize anyone for using or possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana or anyone possessing a “de minimis quantity of specified controlled dangerous substances”. It also explains the “procedural provisions” for issuing citations to anyone using or possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana or possessing a “de minimis quantity of specified controlled dangerous substances”.

The bill defines the “de minimis quantity of specified controlled dangerous substances” as less than:

  • 10 grams of marijuana
  • 2 grams of cocaine
  • 1 gram of heroin
  • 10 tablets of 3, 4–Methylenedioxymethamphetamine 4 (MDMA)
  • 0015 grams of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
  • 1 gram of Methadone
  • 1 gram of Amphetamine

According to the bill, anyone who uses or possesses marijuana can not be imprisoned for more than a year or fined more than $1000 or both. If it’s your first time using or possessing a “de minimis quantity of specified controlled dangerous substances”, you can not be fined more than $100. If it’s your second time, you can not


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