Last Updated: 05.06.2020

Well the 2014 session is over and it sure ended with a bang.  A full recap is forthcoming, but here is your Baltimore Criminal Lawyer‘s winners and losers.

Baltimore Criminal Lawyer 2014 General Assembly Session Winners

  1. Pot Smokers – Marijuana possession less than 10g is now a civil infraction (essentially an expensive parking ticket).  any amount more than 10g is still criminal and may still result in jail time…unless
  2. Medical marijuana users – now legal!  Get your dispensary card ready!
  3. Workers – Minimum wage was raised to $10.10 per hour over the course of the next few years.
  4. Victims of domestic violence – it will be easier to obtain protective and peace orders for victims in domestic situations.
  5. Office of the Public Defender – got money to hire/pay for more lawyers at commissioner reviews (don’t get us started on the mess that is Richmond v. Dewolfe).
  6. Pre-K – expanded pre-K will become available to more families.
  7. Microbrewers – can now sell their craft at farmer’s markets!

Baltimore Criminal Lawyer 2014 General Assembly Session Losers

  1. District Court Bail system – an inherently flawed and problematic system, no consensus was reached on any meaningful overhaul of the bail system.
  2. Speed Cameras – Bills were successfully passed that limit the reach of the dreaded speed cameras.
  3. Baltimore – greater oversight of the Baltimore City Liquor Board, through legislation and a website established to allow transparency to the processes.
  4. Taxpayers – The rain tax stands.
  5. Appointed School Board members in Baltimore County – A bill was passed allowing 4 (of 12) elected members of the Baltimore County School Board.
  6. Taxicabs – Companies like Uber are still not regulated, after attempts to curtail them failed.
  7. Health care exchange – Yup…it still doesn’t work well and nothing was done to fix it.
  8. College kids – grain alcohol has been banned.

Baltimore Criminal Lawyer Bottom Line

There are a lot of questions your Baltimore Criminal Lawyer has about the final Marijuana bills (as I’m sure all our clients do too), but our office will have a full recap in a month or two, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, if you need our services for a marijuana case, which is still illegal and criminal, don’t forget to keep your ENlawyer’s number handy!