Maryland Assembly Votes to Decriminalize Pot Paraphernalia

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marijuana-dbc04668ba596d1d11bbfdcab899d5bdcf6b293a-s6-c30Maryland lawmakers decriminalized marijuana possession last year. Before this year’s session is out, they’re looking to take took pipes off the list.

Both houses of the General Assembly passed a bill that would change marijuana paraphernalia from a criminal to civil offense. The bill doesn’t make it legal to have a pipe, but decreases penalties from a criminal charge and potential jail time to a fine.

According to the Capital News Service, an amendment was also proposed in the Senate to decriminalize smoking weed in public, but that failed by a mere two votes. In the final version, however, the maximum fine for puffing in public was decreased from $1,000 to $500.

Gov. Larry Hogan still needs to sign the bill in order for it to become law.

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