[JURIST] The Maryland state House of Representatives [official website] passed a bill (HB 1453) [text, PDF] on Saturday that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House voted 78 to 55 to impose civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana. Those in favor of the bill pointed to racial disparities in sentencing [Washington Post report], with African Americans more likely than whites to receive a prison sentence for...

More...