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Gov. O'Malley Signs Several Bills into Law

In Annapolis, Md., the governor signed several bills Monday, including two marijuana bills and Jake's Law.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The governor signed several bills Monday, including two marijuana bills and Jake's Law. 

Governor Martin O'Malley signed a bill expanding Maryland's medical marijuana program, as well as legislation decriminalizing possession of marijuana in small amounts, i.e. less than 10 grams. 

Lt. Governor Brown released the following statement on legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana: 

"By signing this bill we're taking an important step towards making our justice system more fair and ensuring all of our young people have the same opportunity for a brighter future. The decriminalization of the possession of small amounts of marijuana will free up resources to fight violent crime throughout our state. We'll also be able to fund additional substance abuse treatment, dug prevention and job training efforts, and education to teach our young people about the dangers of drug use."

And again, he's passed Jake's Law, a story we've told you about before. It's a bill that makes the penalty for texting while driving a criminal offense and requires drivers to give law enforcement their basic phone information so they are able to more easily investigate what could have lead to an accident. 

We'll have more on these bills signed by Governor O'Malley later in the day. 

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