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Questions linger on eve of marijuana decriminalization enactment

Despite contradictions and unanswered questions plaguing Maryland's marijuana decriminalization law, scheduled to take effect on Wednesday, police plan to do what they can to enforce the new regulations, and prosecutors hope the coming legislative session will provide clarification. Senate Bill 364, signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley in April, makes the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, weighed independently of packaging, a civil offense punishable by fine, according to the Department of Legislative Services fiscal and policy note. However, possession of drug paraphernalia — including bags, rolling paper and bongs — remains criminal, meaning...

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