The Maryland House of Delegates voted to give preliminary approval to HB 183, a bill that would make it a criminal misdemeanor to use marijuana in a vehicle. This would make it punishable by a fine rather than jail time. The bill is part of the legislature’s effort to clear up any legal ambiguities remaining from when marijuana was decriminalized in Maryland in 2014.
According to the Baltimore Sun, House Republicans had initially pushed an amendment that would make public marijuana use a misdemeanor as well, but it was ultimately rejected in order to keep the bill focused. Lawmakers hope that a bill that is more narrow in scope will have an easier time getting passed in the Senate.
HB 183 will now go before the Maryland House one more time for a final vote before it goes on to the Senate.