In the United States, it seems like every time there is an election, there is a change to medical and recreational marijuana laws in certain states. Maryland is no different, and marijuana law in Maryland has undergone major changes recently.
Medical Marijuana Law in Maryland
Medical marijuana law in Maryland was first put into place in 2014 in the form of House Bill 881. It required patients to get written certification from a licensed doctor and register with the Maryland state program. Patients with a valid medical marijuana prescription can possess up to 120 grams of marijuana at a time without an exception from a doctor. Medical cannabis can legally be vaporized or used in tinctures, lotions, extracts or ointments.
What conditions are eligible to receive a medical marijuana prescription?
- Wasting Syndrome
- Severe or Chronic Pain
- Severe Nausea
- Severe Loss of Appetite
- Severe Muscle Spasms
- Any severe condition where other medical treatments have not been effective
Recreational Marijuana in Maryland
While marijuana law in Maryland states that marijuana is still illegal, the state has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Senate Bill 364, passed in 2014, made possessing under 10 grams of recreational marijuana for personal use a civil offense that has a maximum fine of $100 and no jail time. If you possess more than that, you could face a misdemeanor or a felony (over 50 lbs.) depending on how much marijuana is on your person.
What About CBD Products?
In the United States, hemp-derived CBD products like creams, lotions and gummies are all legal under federal law. In most cases, CBD products do not contain THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that makes you feel “high.” As a result, you can feel safe purchasing and consuming the currently popular CBD products for sale in the state.
Contact Mobley & Brown, LLP for Help with Marijuana Law in Maryland
If you are concerned about a past marijuana conviction or uncertain whether or not you will face a penalty for possession of marijuana, you need an experienced lawyer. A serious marijuana conviction can lead to steep fines and even jail time, which is why we fight so hard on behalf of all of our clients.
If you are searching for the right attorney in Maryland and unsure where to turn, contact Mobley and Brown, LLP today. Our experienced legal team will work with you to meet your needs. Call us now at (410) 385-0398.