- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland law enforcement leaders are urging lawmakers not to override two of Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes relating to marijuana and the seizure of assets in criminal cases.

Groups representing states attorneys, police chiefs and sheriffs spoke against the measures Tuesday, a day before the legislative session begins.

They support the Republican governor’s veto of a bill decriminalizing the possession of marijuana paraphernalia. The measure also would decriminalize smoking pot in public. Maryland decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana in 2014.

Law enforcement leaders also support Hogan’s veto of a bill that would create a $300 threshold before money can be seized in criminal cases.

A three-fifths vote in each chamber is needed to override. That’s 29 votes in the Senate and 85 in the House.



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