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Do You Understand Maryland's New Marijuana Law?

Certain things surrounding marijuana still lead to criminal charges.

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.  

Bryan Harz May 05, 2014 at 04:14 PM
Not by themselves, but I believe if you are caught with pot and papers they are considered paraphernalia. Even though the small amount of pot you have is not criminal, the papers are. Go figure...
E May 07, 2014 at 09:30 AM
It is not illegal to have rolling papers!!!!
E May 07, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Get your facts straight
Leonard May 07, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Papers are legal you can buy them at almost any gas station or 7-Eleven. I used to work with an old guy who roled his own cigarettes. It's just like the little pipes used for smoking it, you can buy them many place including online, I guess it's how you use it that makes the difference. PVC pipe is legal until you fashion it into a potato gun.
Bryan Harz May 07, 2014 at 01:22 PM
You can buy a pipe anywhere...no problem. But if you get caught with pot and the pipe is nearby, that very legal pipe suddenly becomes paraphernalia and illegal. Of course it's not illegal to buy or have rolling papers, unless there is pot in or around them. Go ahead and test your theory and get back to us.

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