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Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect Today

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In the past, anyone in the state of Maryland who was caught with a small plastic bag of marijuana would face criminal charges, including the potential for jail time and a criminal conviction on their record. With the stroke of the clock at midnight, however, all of that changed as the state’s new marijuana decriminalization law took effect Oct. 1. Now, those who are found in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana face a civil citation and fine similar to those handed out for parking tickets. For a first offense, the fine is to be no more than $100 and can rise up to $500 for a second or third offense. Prior to today, an arrest for possession of less than 10 grams would have resulted in a misdemeanor criminal charged that carried the possibility of a $500 fine, 90 days in jail, or both. See SB 364.…

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Michael Phelps’ DUI Arrest in Baltimore: Olympic Gold Medalist arrested on suspicion of DUI

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DUI arrests have long been a hot button issue and fodder for easy headlines, especially when celebrities are involved. So it was no surprise to see the internet light up with this morning’s announcement that Michael Phelps was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Baltimore. What many of the reports have failed to note, however, is that Phelps has the right to the presumption of innocence and due process. According to local news station WBALTV 11, an officer was driving southbound on the I-395 when a white 2014 Land Rover was picked up by radar and estimated to be traveling 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. Phelps, who was identified during the traffic stop, also allegedly crossed a double lane within the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 around 1:40 a.m. Many news sites noted this is Phelps’ second DUI arrest. According to court records, Phelps…

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Man Charged with DUI after Grazing Maryland State Trooper

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Written by a Staff Writer The Washington Post reported earlier that an alleged drunk driver hit a Maryland state trooper on the Capital Beltway in Greenbelt on Tuesday. The officer was standing on the shoulder of the Capital Beltway’s inner loop and was in the middle of conducting a traffic stop when the accident occurred at about 2:30 a.m., according to police. The trooper had apparently pulled over the other car near the Greenbelt Metro exit just before he was hit. The driver side door of the other vehicle was open and as the alleged intoxicated driver drove past he struck the stopped car’s door and grazed the officer’s back. Another state trooper then reportedly pursued the SUV for about a mile before the driver stopped. He has been identified as Franklin Humberto Hernandez, 42, of Hyattsville, Maryland. Hernandez was charged with DUI and several other offenses. The state trooper…

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