ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Some Maryland lawmakers want to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana to save the state money, while others want to legalize limited amounts of the drug for private possession.
State Senators are expected to vote Tuesday on a measure that would eliminate jail time for possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana.
If passed, those caught with small amounts of marijuana would face a $100 fine.
Supporters say the measure would save the state money by relieving the strain such crimes put on the criminal justice system.
Opponents worry that decriminalization could increase drug use among youth.
The Maryland House Judiciary Committee is also scheduled to hold a hearing on a measure to legalize limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and older.
The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Annapolis.