Today, over 250 new laws go into effect as passed during the springtime Maryland General Assembly session. Your Maryland lawyers and Baltimore Marijuana Lawyer wanted to provide a few highlights.
Maryland Lawyer rundown:
- The maximum penalty for simple possession of Marijuana has been reduced from 1 year to 90 days. The practical effect of this is to deny persons their right to a jury trial, since Maryland’s constitution provides a jury trial right for cases originating in District Court only if the maximum penalty carries over 90 days. Fear not! There is a provision in the law that automatically grants a stay of any jail sentence for appeal purposes (in other words, you won’t be going to jail right away). [cannot find link to statute – but the language is in this earlier post]
- Scooter and Moped drivers must have helmets, be licensed, & have proper MVA decals. See here.
- I’m pretty sure children now must be in child seats until their 18th birthday…just kidding. But 4’9″ and 85 lbs is bigger than some adults.
- Domestic violence laws are passed that impact unemployment and tracking DV cases.
- Most importantly, Jeremy Eldridge can legally lose money on fantasy football without worry of prosecution.