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Maryland's New Marijuana Decriminalization Law

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Today, Maryland becomes the 18th state, plus the District of Columbia, to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Decriminalize, not legalize.  People found to be in possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less will get a citation and a civil fine instead of a criminal penalty.

On Tuesday, Sheilah spoke with Greg Shipley, director of communications for the Maryland State Police, to understand how this new law will change one police force. Then, we hear from Rachelle Yeung, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates for drug reform and tracks marijuana policies across the U.S.

You can read more about the law here, and read the Carroll County Times article that Greg Shipley referred to here.

More of Sheilah's interview with Rachelle Yeung.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Jamyla Krempel is WYPR's digital content director and the executive producer of Wavelength: Baltimore's Public Radio Journey. She collaborates with reporters, program and podcast hosts to create content for WYPR’s online platforms.