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Montgomery County Adopts Decriminalization Resolution

July 10th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

The Montgomery County Council will adopt a resolution that urges Maryland General Assembly and governor to decriminalize possession of marijuana paraphernalia. The council believes the possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia should not be a priority for law enforcement. Its resolution urges to “make adult paraphernalia possession a civil offense, no more serious than adult possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana,” the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland said in a statement. In April, the General Assembly adopted a bill decriminalizing possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, and Gov. Martin O’Malley signed it into law. This is a first step towards this type of decriminalization in the county.  Morgan Fox, communication manager of the Marijuana Policy Project, said the claims of critics that marijuana leads to harder drugs are simply not true.

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