Meanwhile, though, state Sen. Bobby Zirkin, an Owings Mills Democrat, introduced legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. It called for possession of less than 10 grams — about a third of an ounce, or enough for a dozen or so joints — to be a civil offense punishable by a maximum fine of $100. Sen. Allan Kittleman, a Howard County Republican, signed on as a co-sponsor, and the bill passed the Senate easily, 30-16. It attracted support from an odd coalition, ranging from the chamber's most liberal Democrats to some of its most conservative Republicans. Even so, it never got a vote in the House Judiciary Committee.