The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday morning calling on the Maryland General Assembly to further relax its marijuana laws.
In April, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed a bill lessening the penalty for possessing less than ten grams of marijuana from a criminal to civil offense. Under the new legislation, first-time offenders now receive a $100 fine. Second-time offenders net a fine of up to $250. Those caught three or more times can be fined up to $500. The newly-established law also requires third-time offenders, and those under the age of 21, to enroll in drug education classes.
The progressive law, however, did not include the term "paraphernalia" in its language. In turn, police across the Free State continue to arrest people for possessing items like pipes and bongs. Montgomery County Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Mid-County) sponsored Tuesday's resolution, in part, hoping state lawmakers would amend the current law.