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Montgomery Council to Take Action on Resolution Urging State to Decriminalize Possession of Adult Marijuana Paraphernalia Also on Tuesday, July 8: Interviews of Applicants for Chair of Planning Board, Recognizing Montgomery’s Top High Schools
  • Release ID: 14-198
  • Release Date: 7/7/2014
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
The Montgomery County Council at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, is scheduled to take action on a resolution calling on the Maryland General Assembly to decriminalize adult possession of marijuana paraphernalia by making it consistent with the new State law decriminalizing the drug itself. The resolution also declares the sense of the Council that possession of small amounts of marijuana and paraphernalia by adults should be among the County’s lowest law enforcement priorities.

The action on the resolution will be part of the Council’s regular weekly session that will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The Council’s morning session, which will include nine public hearings scheduled to begin at approximately 11 a.m., and its afternoon session that will consist of interviews of five applicants for chair of the County Planning Board, will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast also will be streamed at:

The Council meeting, including the interviews of the Planning Board members, will be rebroadcast on Friday, July 11, at 9 p.m. and will be available before that time on demand.

The resolution to urge decriminalization of possession of adult marijuana paraphernalia is sponsored by Councilmember Nancy Navarro and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Cherri Branson, Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, Craig Rice and Hans Riemer. On June 17, State Senator Rich Madaleno and State Delegates Sheila Hixson, Bonnie Cullison and Al Carr joined Councilmembers and advocates at a press conference supporting the resolution. The State legislative leaders said they hoped the General Assembly would act quickly to decriminalize adult possession of paraphernalia.

The Council’s morning session will begin with recognition of 11 Montgomery County public high schools that were recently named among the top-ranked high schools in Maryland by the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings. More than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were analyzed and data has been published on more than 19,400.

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