Nos. 37, 39 & 46, Sept. Term, 2016.

152 A.3d 661 (2017)

451 Md. 94

Jermaul Rondell ROBINSON, v. STATE of Maryland. Dexter Williams, v. State of Maryland. Vernon Harvey Spriggs, III, v. State of Maryland.

Court of Appeals of Maryland.

January 20, 2017.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Ethan Frenchman , Asst. Public Defender ( Paul B. DeWolfe , Public Defender of Maryland and Mark Colvin , Asst. Public Defender, Baltimore, MD), on brief, for petitioner.

Carrie J. Williams , Asst. Atty. Gen. ( Brian E. Frosh , Atty. Gen. of Maryland and Todd W. Hesel , Asst. Atty. Gen., Baltimore, MD), on brief, for respondent.

Sonia Kumar, Esq. , Deborah A. Jeon, Esq. , David Roacah, Esq. , American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, on brief, for amicus curiae of ACLU of Maryland and Chaz Slaughter.

Barbera, C.J., Greene, Adkins, McDonald, Watts, Hotten and Getty, JJ.

In 2014, Maryland joined a number of other jurisdictions that have decriminalized, but not legalized, possession of small amounts of marijuana — that is, under the law of these jurisdictions, possession of a small amount of marijuana remains illegal, but is punishable by a fine, not by incarceration.1

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