Governor Martin O’Malley will sign a bill decriminalizing marijuana.
On a 34-to-8 vote, the Senate gave final approval to the legislation Monday afternoon. The bill would impose only civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of the drug.
At least 24 other states now have either decriminalized the use of marijuana, approved it for medicinal purposes or legalized it outright, according to a study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
“As a young prosecutor, I once thought that decriminalizing the possession of marijuana might und