2012 Regular Session


File Code: Criminal Law - Substantive Crimes Crossfiled with: SENATE BILL 214
Sponsored By:
Delegates Clippinger, Alston, Anderson, Bobo, Carter, Cluster, Cullison, Dumais, Dwyer, Glenn, Hammen, Kaiser, K. Kelly, Luedtke, McDermott, McHale, McIntosh, Mitchell, Niemann, B. Robinson, Rosenberg, Simmons, Smigiel, Tarrant, Valentino-Smith, Waldstreicher, Washington, Wilson, and Zucker
Criminal Law - Possession of Marijuana - De Minimis Quantity


Establishing that a person convicted of the use or possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $500 or both; providing that, unless specifically charged by the State, the use or possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana may not be considered a lesser included crime of any other crime; and providing that a specified sentence imposed under the Act shall be stayed under specified circumstances without requiring an appeal bond.

History by Legislative and Calendar Date

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House Action
First Reading Judiciary
Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m.

Favorable with Amendments Report by Judiciary
Favorable with Amendments {982419/2 Report Adopted
Special Order until 3/23 (Delegate Braveboy) Adopted
Floor Amendment (Delegate Mitchell) {983724/1 Adopted
Second Reading Passed with Amendments
Third Reading Passed (100-31)
House Refuses to Concur - Senate Amendments
House Requests Senate Recede
Conference Committee Appointed
Delegates Dumais, Valentino-Smith, and Cluster
Conference Committee Report {913620/1 Adopted
Third Reading Passed (91-32)
Passed Enrolled
Senate Action
First Reading Judicial Proceedings
Favorable with Amendments Report by Judicial Proceedings
Favorable with Amendments {638671/1 Report Adopted
Floor Amendment (Senator Gladden) {423829/1
Special Order until 3/30 (Senator Frosh) Adopted
Floor Amendment (Senator Gladden) {423829/1 Adopted
Second Reading Passed with Amendments
Third Reading Passed with Amendments (35-11)
Senate Refuses to Recede
Conference Committee Appointed
Senators Raskin, Gladden, and Forehand
Conference Committee Report {913620/1 Adopted
Third Reading Passed (40-5)
Action after passage in House and Senate
Approved by the Governor
- Chapter 194

Sponsored by:

Delegate Luke Clippinger, District 46
Delegate Tiffany T. Alston, District 24
Delegate Curt Anderson, District 43
Delegate Elizabeth Bobo, District 12B
Delegate Jill P. Carter, District 41
Delegate John W. E. Cluster, Jr., District 8
Delegate Bonnie Cullison, District 19
Delegate Kathleen M. Dumais, District 15
Delegate Don H. Dwyer, Jr., District 31
Delegate Cheryl D. Glenn, District 45
Delegate Peter A. Hammen, District 46
Delegate Anne R. Kaiser, District 14
Delegate Kevin Kelly, District 1B
Delegate Eric G. Luedtke, District 14
Delegate Michael A. McDermott, District 38B
Delegate Brian K. McHale, District 46
Delegate Maggie McIntosh, District 43
Delegate Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr., District 44
Delegate Doyle L. Niemann, District 47
Delegate Barbara Robinson, District 40
Delegate Samuel I. Rosenberg, District 41
Delegate Luiz R. S. Simmons, District 17
Delegate Michael D. Smigiel, Sr., District 36
Delegate Shawn Z. Tarrant, District 40
Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith, District 23A
Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher, District 18
Delegate Mary L. Washington, District 43
Delegate C. T. Wilson, District 28
Delegate Craig J. Zucker, District 14

Bill indexed under the following Subjects:

Appeals -see also- Judicial Review
Bonds -see also- County & Baltimore City Bonds; State Bonds.
Controlled Dangerous Substances -see also- Drugs; Subst Abus
Courts -see also- Circuit; Appeals; District; Orphans'; etc.
Crimes and Punishments -see also- Penalties and Sentnc; etc.
Fines -see also- Penalties and Sentences
Penalties and Sentences -see also- Death Penalty

Bill affects the following Statute:

Criminal Law
( 5-601 )


All documents except Roll Call Votes are displayed in PDF format:
Bill Text: First Reading, Third Reading, Enrolled, Chapter
Fiscal and Policy Note: Available
Number: 982419/02     Offered on: March 22, 2012   at: 8:36 p.m.     Status: Adopted
Number: 983724/01     Offered on: March 23, 2012   at: 4:25 p.m.     Status: Adopted
Number: 423829/01     Offered on: March 30, 2012   at: 12:41 p.m.     Status: Adopted
Number: 638671/01     Offered on: March 29, 2012   at: 11:26 a.m.     Status: Adopted
Conference Committee Documents:
Report Number: 913620/1     Offered on: April 7, 2012   at: 10:34 a.m.     Status: Adopted
Amendment Number: 923723/1     Offered on: April 7, 2012   at: 10:34 a.m.     Status: Adopted
Committee Votes :
Judicial Proceedings
Roll Call Votes (Legislative dates are shown):
March 21, 2012: Third Reading Passed (100-31)
April 2, 2012: Third Reading Passed (91-32)
March 27, 2012: Third Reading Passed (35-11)
April 1, 2012: Third Reading Passed (40-5)