Starting today possession of up to ten grams of marijuana will now be subject to a civil citation of a $100 in Maryland.
The second offense goes up to $250 and the third to $500.
Instead of being arrested police will issue a citation although Wicomico County States Attorney Matt Maciarello says age would be important in how the court handles the citation.
WMDT reports that when the case goes to court police will reportedly be able to use their knowledge and training to prove there is less than 10 grams.
That’s in contrast to a criminal case where it must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
However, possession of marijuana paraphernalia will be a criminal offense.