With the onset of the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Session, Maryland’s Public Safety leadership shall again actively participate to address legislation impacting Maryland’s Public Safety. Maryland’s law enforcement leadership voiced strong concern and opposition to legislative initiatives introduced during the 2015 session that would negatively impact crime reduction efforts statewide, specifically:
- SB 517 – Criminal Law – Use and Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – The Law Enforcement community contends that this legislation, if enacted, would promote use of marijuana in publicly used spaces, Ocean City beaches, City Dock in Annapolis, Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor, stadiums, shopping mall parking lots, etc. It may also allow marijuana use while driving a motor vehicle.
- SB 528 – Criminal Procedure – Seizure and Forfeiture – Law Enforcement has determined that this legislation, if enacted, would return seized assets to well-known, well-funded drug dealers, thereby affecting the quality of life within our communities and allowing criminals to profit from their illegal conduct.
State’s Attorneys Scott Shellenberger (Baltimore County) and Joe Cassilly (Harford County) will speak on behalf of the Maryland States Attorneys’ Association, the Maryland Sheriffs, and the Maryland Chiefs of Police at a joint press conference in preparation for this year’s General Assembly Session to voice their collective positions in safeguarding our communities.
When: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Lawyers Mall, Annapolis, MD Who: Maryland Public Safety Leadership
“Public safety is crucial for the health and welfare of our communities across our state, and an informed public is imperative to our democratic process,” said Scott Shellenberger, Baltimore County State’s Attorney. “Maryland’s public safety leadership vows to put people before politics.”