Maryland Lawmakers Consider Decriminalizing Needles and Drug Paraphernalia

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In an upcoming special legislative session, Maryland lawmakers will consider whether or not they should decriminalize needles, syringes and other supplies used by people who use drugs, reports the Baltimore Sun. The state has 16 certified programs that hand out needles, syringes, straws and single-use, spoon-like cookers to people who use drugs. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. In Baltimore, there’s a policy not to prosecute people for possession of drug paraphernalia, whether they participate in a “syringe services program” like the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition or not. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby wants that policy put into law and applied to the rest of the state.

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