November 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/
-- New Law Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Maryland
Maryland's drug laws are some of the toughest on the east coast. Currently, a person convicted of possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana can face up to a year in jail and a $1000 fine. In comparison, in nearby states the penalty for possessing similar amounts of marijuana is limited to 30 days in jail and a maximum $500 fine.
A recently passed bill aims to relax the strict penalties for Maryland residents convicted of possessing only a small amount of marijuana. Supporters of the bill say it will help the misdemeanor possession process run smoother, allow more time and resources to be spent addressing violent crimes, and bring the legal consequences more in line with other states and prevailing opinions. The new Maryland drug possession law is expected to go into effect in October.
New Maryland Marijuana Possession Law
Under the new law, the maximum penalty for possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana will be reduced to only 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. This is a significant reduction from the current sentences that may be imposed.
Key goals of the new law include reducing the number of cases clogging the courts and giving those with drug problems an opportunity for rehabilitation. The new law also eliminates jury trials for misdemeanor marijuana possession cases. Instead, the cases will be adjudicated by a district court judge. This not only reduces the time people spend waiting for their cases to progress through the court system, it also gives them an opportunity to enter treatment programs at an earlier date.
If you have been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in Maryland, experienced criminal defense attorneys can provide necessary guidance. Contact a criminal defense lawyer to discuss your case and legal defense.
Article provided by Craig M. Kadish, Chtd.
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