It’s a tale of two jurisdictions as far as implementation of new marijuana decriminalization policies. The District of Columbia and the state of Maryland passed new laws within days of each other decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. But how they are handling cases until decriminalization officially kicks in is vastly different.
In Maryland, where decrim will officially take effect on October 1, 2014, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office is already allowing those charged with weed to pay a $100 fine and have their cases dismissed. In D.C., on the other hand, U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is prosecuting every last case until decrim passes passive Congressional review, in approximately mid-July 2014.