Maryland law enforcement won’t be able to stop a vehicle or a person based solely on the smell of cannabis starting July 1. The legal measure prevents law enforcement from stopping motorists based on the smell of cannabis alone unless there is other evidence that the motorist is impaired such as erratic driving.
Baltimore City state legislator Sen. Jill Carter sponsored the heavily debated bill. Republican lawmakers opposed the proposal.
The governor allowed the bill to become law without his signature. The governor didn’t explain why he did not sign the bill. Previously, he signed a bill into law that legalized adult cannabis use.
Another change to Maryland’s marijuana laws is also on the way. Under Maryland law, possession of less than 10 grams is a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine unless the drug is being used for legal medicinal purposes. That, however, changes in just a few weeks. Marylanders approved recreational use and simple possession of marijuana through a ballot measure in November. Beginning July 1, 2023, those who are 21 years and older will be allowed to possess up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana and to grow two marijuana plants out of public view.
However, the use and possession of cannabis remains illegal under federal law. So, cannabis possession is unlawful on federal land, including federal buildings, national parks, military bases, etc., even if the state has legalized it. Interstate transport is also prohibited under federal law.
The voter approved-ballot measure also established a process for expunging all cases in which possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis is the only charge.
Public smoking of cannabis is not allowed.
If you are facing charges over cannabis use and possession, an Ocean City cannabis lawyer can help. If you need help getting old marijuana charges removed from your record, an Ocean City expungement attorney can help. The attorneys at Maronick Law LLC have experience with Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Baltimore, Essex, Ocean City, Towson, White Marsh marijuana and expungement matters.
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