Over Federal Objections, Maryland Senate Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

Steve Neavling

The Maryland Senate approved decriminalizing of possession of small amounts of marijuana over the objections of federal law enforcement Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Maryland joins other states and cities across the country decriminalizing pot. Colorado and Washington, for instance, have legalized marijuana.

Unlike like full legalization in those states, Maryland makes it a civil fine of up to $100 for possession of small amounts of pot, the Post repots.

Federal authorities have been debating how do deal with marijuana laws that conflict with federal law.

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