If you’re caught with ten grams of pot or less in Maryland today, you won’t be going to jail. Pretty cool, right? We think so too, though there’s clearly a lot more progress to be made. Starting today, the penalty for 10 grams or less of pot is a $100 fine on par with a parking ticket. Second offenses will be fined $250 and any subsequent offenses will be fined $500.
Prior to today, possession of ten grams or less is a misdemeanor charge with up to 90 days in jail and $500 in fines. More than ten grams is a misdemeanor charge with up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines.