Is Marijuana Legal Yet?

As of January 2014 – the answer is absolutely not.

Many people seem to be confused as to the status of marijuana in Maryland.  Many believe that police no longer arrest people for simple possession of marijuana.  Many people also wrongly believe that if you receive a citation for possession of marijuana you can either pay a fine like a traffic ticket or choose to go to court. Unfortunately, many of these people are flat wrong and these misconceptions have created confusion about the status of marijuana in Maryland.

Possession of any amount of marijuana in Maryland is still a serious offense.

As of the posting of this blog, possession of marijuana is still illegal in Maryland.  If you are in possession of less than 10 grams of Marijuana the police may give you a citation rather than arrest you.  The citation is not a payable citation, like a traffic ticket.  It is a summons that requires you to appear before a judge and you could face the possibility of 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.  If you have more marijuana you will most likely be arrested and you face the possibility of 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

In any event, if you have been charged or given a citation for a marijuana related offense you need to contact an attorney for legal advice.