Maryland Decriminalizes Public Smoking & Paraphernalia

In a bold rebuke to Republican governor Larry Hogan, the General Assembly overrode his veto and decriminalized public smoking of marijuana. The maximum penalty has been reduced from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil fine of up to $500.

The change means that public consumption is no longer an arrestable offense in Maryland. Not perfect – cause it’s still illegal to smoke in public – but much, much better than before.  Paraphernalia (papers, pipe, grinder) has also been decriminalized.  Stay tuned


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