On October 1st, 2014, a few laws that were passed by the 2014 Maryland General Asselmbly will take effect throughout the state, including laws regarding marijuana and members of the LGBT community.
Starting October 1st, the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana will be a civil offense rather than a criminal one. Civil penalties include $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third offense. Also on October 1st, transgender citizens will have protection against discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.
In regards to domestic violence, a topic that has recently been front and center in society, people who commit domestic violence act in front of a child could face an added penalty of up to five years in prison. Also, second-degree assault will be added to crimes for which a person can obtain a final protective order.
For more information on these three laws, as well as other laws that will take effect on October 1st, please click here.