As know from all the news outlets, one of the exciting new laws in 2014 is that Colorado has decided to legalize marijuana as of the first of this year. It is now legal for authorized stores to sell up to an ounce of marijuana to anyone over the age of 21. Non-residents of Colorado can also purchase up to ¼ ounce, but are not allowed to transport it across state lines. You still can’t smoke it in public however, no car, no bar, etc. You must do so in the privacy of your own home; a small price to pay for the enlightened view.
Colorado’s stance on marijuana is both progressive and smart. Many states, such as Maryland, are still not ready to make the big jump yet, but they will! Maryland, like other states are waiting to see how the law pans out before they legalize. It’s only a matter of time before Maryland jumps on the pot wagon because of the only driving force moves governments, money. You see, the money that has been thrown into the system to halt marijuana use, importation, criminalization, and enforcement, is staggering. Nothing more then a tremendous waste, year after year.
Now Colorado is being more then progressive by turning the tables. Instead of wasting money to attempt to stop something that can’t be stopped they are now condoning it and more importantly, taxing it! The money that Colorado will make from this move, plus the money they will save by not wasting more money in enforcement will amount to a small fortune. Kudos to Colorado for having the insight to see the smart play and for having the backbone to make it happen! They deserve all the extra revenue from their residents and out of state visitors alike. The other Johnny come lately states will ultimately move when they see the money that they are losing and when they determine that marijuana is no worse then alcohol and most respects better, just ask Dr. Gupta from CNN. The situation reminds me of the Edward Snowden debacle. The government over reaches on it’s citizens, the whistle is blown, changes are made to the system as a result of Mr. Snowden yet the government still wants to convict him. Hmmm, a real head scratcher. But that is a blog for a different day.
Until Maryland actually does change it’s law, which will probably take 2-4 years, the following law applies if you are caught with marijuana:
• 10 grams or less – This is simple possession or “personal use.” In Maryland, this crime is a misdemeanor that can result in 90 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500.
• 10 grams – 50 lbs – This can be rules personal use and result in up to a year imprisonment with a fine of $1000.
• Less than 50 lbs – If you are caught with 50 lbs and receive intent to distribute, the fines and jail time get hefty. Your punishment can be up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $15,000.
• More than 50 lbs. – Your sentence cannot be less than 5 years in prison.
If you are caught with marijuana and charged with any type of possession charge, you should seek experienced counsel. Contact the Law Offices of Bruce Robinson & Associates for legal counsel concerning possession or intent to distribute as soon as possible. 410-484-1111.
Robinson & Associates located in Baltimore, Maryland is a premiere criminal defense law firm practicing for over 20 years. With a former state’s attorney and former public defender, they have the necessary resources and experience to help resolve your situation quickly and successfully while supporting you throughout this difficult time.