Podcast: Bill would reduce penalties for marijuana possession

Del. Luke Clippinger

Del. Luke Clippinger

The House Judiciary Committee had a hearing a bill (HB350) that would lower the punishment for having small amounts of marijuana.  Audio reporter Duane Keenan talked to its sponsor, Del. Luke Clippinger, about the impact of the bill.  Public defender Robbie Leonard at first was in favor of the bill, but spoke out against it in his testimony, concerned that defendants would not have access to jury trials. Here’s a podcast on the legislation.


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Len Lazarick


Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.

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