Earlier this year, the Maryland Senate voted to give final approval to
a legislative bill that will make drug paraphernalia legal. It also will
make the amount of marijuana that is subject to civil penalties twice
what it was before.
The vote was 44 to 3 in favor of the amended version, which now returns
House Bill 105 to the House of Delegates. The bill received the support
of police department, marijuana advocates and the Maryland State’s
Drug paraphernalia such as rolling papers will be legalized with the final
passage of the bill; however, possession of marijuana over 20 grams will
still be a criminal offense.
The bill will have its opposition in the House. One of the opposition votes
in the Senate was from Sen. Brian Feldman. He wanted to amend part of
the bill that made smoking pot in a public place a civil citation, seeking
instead to have it made a misdemeanor charge. This amendment was barely
defeated by a vote of 22 to 24.
Sen. Zirkin, however, said, “just because these are things that are
decriminalized doesn’t mean we want to see (them in public.) Certainly,
we don’t want to see people smoking (marijuana) at parks where children
Another senator, Cheryl Kagan, wanted to have edibles removed from House
Bill 105. That amendment was soundly defeated by a vote of 3 to 44.
If you have been charged with
drug paraphernalia, it’s important that you understand your rights. While this bill
may not be a law yet as it still must get approval by the House and Senate,
your attorney may be able to use its passage to your benefit — perhaps
as it pertains to sentencing. An attorney experienced in drug charges
can provide further information on drug paraphernalia defense strategies.
Source: State Senator Bobby Zirkin, “MD. Senate approves marijuana paraphernalia bill,” Bryan P. Sears, accessed Aug. 11, 2015