On October 1st, the state of Maryland will introduce a bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Signed by Governor Martin O'Malley on April 7th, the bill will make possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense, resulting in fines ranging from $100-$250.
While many citizens are uneasy about the bill, Governor O'Malley affirmed his position by releasing a statement.
"As a young prosecutor, I once thought that decriminalizing the possession of marijuana might undermine the public will necessary to combat drug violence and improve public safety. I now think that decriminalizing possession of marijuana is an acknowledgment of the low priority that our courts, our prosecutors, our police, and the vast majority of citizens already attach to this transgression of public order and public health."