By Drew Russo and Alexander Glass, CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE
Possessing small amounts of marijuana will not be a criminal offense in Maryland after Oct. 1. Offenders caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana will not be arrested, face jail time or receive a criminal record, under legislation approved by the General Assembly and Gov. Martin O’Malley in April.
Under the new law, possession of paraphernalia remains a criminal offense that can lead to jail time. Someone caught with joint could be arrested and charged criminally not for possessing marijuana, but for the rolling paper surrounding it.
Watch the video to learn more about what the new law means for Maryland residents.