D.C. voters have spoken and are prepared to bring a ballot measure that would either decriminalize small amounts of marijuana or legalize it altogether. But, city councilmembers aren’t convinced that having the voters write the policy is the best idea. Marion Berry (D-Ward 8) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) are just two that are looking at a decriminalization bill that would beat voters to the punch. [Read more…]
It was a big week in the world of Maryland criminal law as the Governor took on the death penalty and medical marijuana—two very hot topics. According to the Washington Post, Governor Martin O’Malley held a ceremony that lasted over two hours, signing 266 measures that passed in the last legislative session. But, the death penalty repeal and medical marijuana laws were likely the most popular. [Read more…]
It’s no longer shocking to see headlines where massive numbers of people speak out in support of marijuana legalization. It’s a growing phenomena and as the people increasingly support freeing up pot, the questions about federal involvement similarly increase.
According to the latest poll from Public Policy Polling, people in the District of Columbia are the latest to add their voices to the steady hum of those calling for legalization. [Read more…]
A cloud of marijuana smoke is moving across the country, changing laws and the views of many people on the vilified plant. Maryland lawmakers are the latest of many to pass legislation changing how their state deals with marijuana, potentially making their state next-up for a tightly regulated and controlled medical marijuana program. [Read more…]
A bill that would decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana has been introduced into the Maryland legislature by Senator Bobby Zirkin. And while this would seem as a promising move at first blush, many don’t believe Maryland is ready for any truly liberation of the plant. [Read more…]