Maryland Senate passes bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana
Proponents of Mr. Zirkin’s bill say that it will free up resources in the legal system and also will prove helpful to prospective medicinal users.
The assembly passed a bill in 2011 that allows defendants using marijuana medicinally to use a documented illness as a defense in court, but some lawmakers say many are still scared to use the substance out of fear of arrest.
“I think it’s really important to people who have family members that might have cancer to be able to do this,” said Sen. Nancy Jacobs, Harford Republican who voted in favor of this year’s legislation.
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