marijuana http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Harris Measure to Overturn Pot Decriminalization in DC http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/harris-measure-overturn-pot-decriminalization-dc <p>A measure to block the decriminalization of marijuana in Washington D.C. by Congressman Andy Harris has made it through the House of Representatives as part of legislation approved yesterday on Capitol Hill.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that House Democrats who oppose the measure made no attempt to block it since that effort would fail in the Republican led House.</p><p>The Eastern Shore Republican’s proposal was part of the spending bill for the District and some federal agencies.</p><p>That legislation was approved by a vote of 228-to-195.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:35:47 +0000 Don Rush 57918 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Harris Measure to Overturn Pot Decriminalization in DC DC Mayor Calls for Boycott of Eastern Shore http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/dc-mayor-calls-boycott-eastern-shore <p>WASHINGTON (AP)- The mayor of the District of Columbia is urging residents to boycott the Eastern Shore of Maryland this holiday, because of its congressional representative's position on decriminalizing marijuana.</p><p>Mayor Vincent Gray said at a Wednesday news conference that the city's residents shouldn't support someone who doesn't support them.</p><p>The mayor is referring to Rep. Andy Harris, who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore. Harris successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would overturn the city's marijuana decriminalization law.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:36:06 +0000 Don Rush 57126 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net DC Mayor Calls for Boycott of Eastern Shore Delaware Legislation to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-legislation-decriminalize-small-amounts-marijuana <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have introduced a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.</p><p>Under the bill Thursday, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by a person 21 years or older would no longer be a crime.</p><p>But anyone caught smoking pot in a public place would be assessed a civil fine of $100.</p><p>Possessing more than an ounce of marijuana could still result in criminal prosecution.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:37:25 +0000 Don Rush 55149 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Legislation to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana Governor Signs Bill to Decriminalize Pot http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/governor-signs-bill-decriminalize-pot <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.</p><p>Under the law, possession of rolling papers, pipes and other marijuana accessories will remain a criminal offense, meaning a person could still be arrested for it.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:49:40 +0000 Don Rush 52592 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Governor Signs Bill to Decriminalize Pot Pot Decriminalization May Have to Wait in Maryland http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pot-decriminalization-may-have-wait-maryland <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's legislature apparently won't eliminate criminal policies for marijuana possession this year, but it will likely take a step in that direction.</p><p>The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to create a task force to study decriminalization policies. The task force would make a recommendation after two years.</p><p>This is a reworked version of a Senate bill that would decriminalize the drug right away. In the same situation last year, this committee let the bill die without reaching the House floor.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:17:05 +0000 Don Rush 51947 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Pot Decriminalization May Have to Wait in Maryland Pot Bill Set for Hearing by MD House of Delagates Panel http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pot-bill-set-hearing-md-house-delagates-panel <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A House committee is preparing to take up a bill that would eliminate criminal charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana.</p><p>A hearing is planned in the House Judiciary Committee at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Senate has already approved the measure.</p><p>A similar bill passed the Senate last year but couldn't make it through this same House committee to receive a full House of Delegates vote.</p><p>Also Tuesday, two health care advocacy groups will meet in Baltimore to celebrate recent insurance expansion.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:42:49 +0000 Don Rush 51720 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Pot Bill Set for Hearing by MD House of Delagates Panel Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Up For Vote In Annapolis http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/marijuana-decriminalization-measure-vote-annapolis <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is set to vote Friday on whether to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.</p><p>Sen. Robert Zirkin's bill would replace criminal penalties for pot possession with a $100 civil fine. Juveniles caught with the drug would also have to appear before a judge and possibly undergo treatment. Under an amendment from Sen. Christopher Shank, the same penalty would also apply to adults caught a third time.</p><p>Criminal penalties would remain intact for anyone carrying more than about one-third of an ounce of pot.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:42:33 +0000 Don Rush 50805 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Up For Vote In Annapolis Treatment To Be Included in Marijuana Decriminalization Measure http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/treatment-be-included-marijuana-decriminalization-measure <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Christopher Shank wants to make sure judges can still order treatment for persistent marijuana users if Maryland decriminalizes the drug.</p><p>Shank, R-Washington, introduced an amendment Tuesday to a marijuana decriminalization bill currently under consideration in the Senate. Under Shank's amendment, anyone caught with marijuana three or more times would be required to appear in court, and a judge would be allowed to order treatment. But there still would not be criminal charges for possessing 10 grams or less.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:31:34 +0000 Don Rush 50668 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Treatment To Be Included in Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Miss UMES Steps Down http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/miss-umes-steps-down <p>UMES Campus Queen Porsha Harvey has stepped down after being charged with disruptive behavior involving a campus police officer and a separate incident involving a citation for marijuana possession.</p><p>Harvey quit telling university officials that recent incidents had devalued her role as a student leader.</p><p>Her attorney would not discuss the charges when contacted by the Salisbury Daily Times and said his client would not be discussing the case in the public media.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:44:02 +0000 Don Rush 50073 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Miss UMES Steps Down Law Enforcement Has Tough Sell Against Pot Bills in MD Legislature http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/law-enforcement-has-tough-sell-against-pot-bills-md-legislature <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police and prosecutor objections to this year's marijuana decriminalization bills apparently aren't getting far with the Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee.</p><p>In the bills' first hearing on Tuesday, committee members sparred with police chiefs who want to keep the drug illegal. Sen. Christopher Shank advised one chief to find a compromise - to decide what features a bill would need to avoid hindering law enforcement - because the drug war isn't working.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:35:37 +0000 Don Rush 49937 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Law Enforcement Has Tough Sell Against Pot Bills in MD Legislature Marijuana Bills Up For Consideration in MD Legislature http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/marijuana-bills-consideration-md-legislature <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two bills that would decriminalize marijuana will get their first hearing Tuesday in a Senate committee.</p><p>A bill filed by Sen. Robert Zirkin would make it a civil offense to possess less than 10 grams worth of marijuana, punishable by a $100 fine but no longer attached to any criminal charge. The other bill, filed by Sen. Jamie Raskin, would make marijuana possession legal for people 21 or older.</p><p>Also this week, CASA de Maryland and the NAACP will have a rally concerning immigrant and civil rights issues.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:36:14 +0000 Don Rush 49808 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Marijuana Bills Up For Consideration in MD Legislature Lt. Gov. Brown Not Ready To Legalize Marijuana http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/lt-gov-brown-not-ready-legalize-marijuana <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says Colorado and Washington state should be applauded for legalizing marijuana, but he wants to learn more about what happens in those states before supporting legalization in Maryland.</p><p>Brown, who is running for governor, talked about a variety of marijuana measures on Friday during a meeting with Baltimore lawmakers.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:37:27 +0000 Don Rush 49683 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Lt. Gov. Brown Not Ready To Legalize Marijuana Marijuana Legalization Topped Issues at This Year's Annual Annapolis Summit http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/marijuana-legalization-topped-issues-years-annual-annapolis-summit <p>With the opening of the General Assembly in Annapolis this week, expect the issue of marijuana to make a fuss with the possibility of decriminalization as Governor Martin O'Malley expresses his opposition to such a move. The legislature's two top leaders and the Governor hashed out issues with Marc Steiner during his annual Annapolis Summit this week.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:18:59 +0000 Don Rush 47407 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Marijuana Legalization Topped Issues at This Year's Annual Annapolis Summit Democratic Candidate for Governor Would Legalize Marijuana http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/democratic-candidate-governor-would-legalize-marijuana <p>SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker who is running for governor is proposing to legalize marijuana in the state.</p><p>Del. Heather Mizeur announced the plan on Tuesday.</p><p>She says legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana in a way similar to how the state regulates alcohol would provide the state with increased revenue and enhance public safety.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:40:30 +0000 Don Rush 44955 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Democratic Candidate for Governor Would Legalize Marijuana Racial Disparaity in Maryland Marijuana Arrests http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/racial-disparaity-maryland-marijuana-arrests <p>A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union found that African Americans in Maryland are almost three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites.</p><p>Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story:</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:43:22 +0000 Don Rush 35615 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Racial Disparaity in Maryland Marijuana Arrests Banning Marijuana Like Synthetics http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/banning-marijuana-synthetics <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that would allow Frederick County Commissioners to prohibit the possession and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, better known synthetic marijuana. Officials say that synthetic cannabinoids are chemical substances that are not derived from the marijuana plant but mimic the effects of THC, the primary ingredient in marijuana.</p><p>The cannabinoids are typically sprayed onto plant material and marketed under names such as "Spice" or "K2."</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:10:08 +0000 Don Rush 29023 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Banning Marijuana Like Synthetics