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Concern Over Proposal to Criminalize Public Possession of Marijuana


The Wicomico County NAACP Branch says it’s concerned about a proposal that would make consuming marijuana in public a criminal offense.

The measure has been proposed by Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis and Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes.

Possession of 10 ounces of marijuana or less has been decriminalized under state law.

Lewis compares the issue with law regarding alcohol possession in an automobile.

But local NAACP Branch President Mary Ashanti said she worries that it will lead to more people with criminal arrests for non-violent offenses.

Ashanti believes there are better ways to deal with the issue such as court ordered treatment.

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.