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Wicomico Sheriff: Arrests for Open Use of Marijuana

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says if his deputies find you consuming marijuana in a public space you will be arrested.

That’s the stance he took last night at a county council meeting adding that his deputies would not be simply issuing a civil infraction.

Lewis noted that while less than 10 grams of marijuana in a car has been decriminalized he said he wanted to tighten up the law making it comparable to arrests for drinking and driving.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the proposed legislation would be in line with an ordinance approved by Fruitland last month.

Under that measure it would be a misdemeanor with fines ranging from $50 to $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.