Governor of Maryland Vetoes Bill To Prevent Public Viewing of Past Pot-Related Offenses

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A bill designed to keep marijuana-related convictions out of public view has been vetoed by Maryland’s governor. Larry Hogan’s desk, the bill was vetoed, a decision that Hogan explained in a letter to legislative leaders earlier this month. Hogan lamented that the state House had failed to adequately address violent crime by neglecting to act on a series of bills he endorsed at the start of the session. But after arriving on Republican Gov. The bill, House Bill 83, would have barred “the Maryland Judiciary Case Search from in any way referring to the existence of a District Court criminal case in which possession of marijuana is the only charge in the case and the charge was disposed of before October 1, 2014”—a proposal that, according to NORML, “would have shielded an estimated 200,000 low-level marijuana convictions from public view.” For those unfamiliar, The Judiciary Case Search is a public-access database containing legal and judicial records in the state.

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A bill designed to keep marijuana-related convictions out of public view has been vetoed by Maryland’s governor.

The bill, House Bill 83, would have barred “the Maryland Judiciary Case Search from in any way referring to the existence of a District Court criminal case in which possession of marijuana is the only charge in the case and the charge was disposed of before October 1, 2014”—a proposal that, according to NORML,...

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