At 12.01 a.m. July 17, 2014, Washington D.C.’s historic decriminalization bill went into effect. The law prevents police from giving more than a $25 ticket for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Maryland’s historic decriminalization bill goes into effect on October 1, 2014, but only applies to possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. Ten grams is about one third of an ounce.  D.C. residents may be surprised if they are stopped by police in Maryland and discover they are facing one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for carrying more than 10 grams of marijuana into Maryland.

Imagine being on the Metro and discovering that you crossed over into Maryland (underground) where your ounce of weed is going to result in jail time but was just a civil citation in D.C.  That is a nightmare scenario.

This isn’t the end of the drug war, but it’s an amazing start.