Today, Maryland becomes the 18th state, plus the District of Columbia, to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Decriminalize, not legalize. People found to be in possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less will get a citation and a civil fine instead of a criminal penalty.
On Tuesday, Sheilah spoke with Greg Shipley, director of communications for the Maryland State Police, to understand how this new law will change one police force. Then, we hear from Rachelle Yeung, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates for drug reform and tracks marijuana policies across the U.S.