Richard Madaleno on Drugs
Allow petitioning for expunging marijuana arrest record
OnTheIssues Q: what are your views on drug issues?
Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate
, Jun 1, 2018
- Voted YES on allowing parents or guardians of minor children to apply on their behalf to outpatient alcohol or drug abuse programs
- Voted YES on allowing persons convicted of possession of marijuana to petition for expungement of record
- Voted YES on no longer requiring ex-offenders to be tested for drugs
Opioid epidemic is health issue, not criminal one
We have a prescription opioid and heroin crisis in our state--a public health crisis that we ineffectively treat as a law enforcement issue. Entire communities across our state are being hollowed out.
There are economic and social issues feeding this epidemic that we must address, but before and above all else, we must ensure that those in the grips of addiction get the help they need, and that their families and communities are supported.
Source: 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial website MadalenoForMaryland.com
, Aug 8, 2017
Co-sponsored marijuana legalization bill
Drug prohibition has led to a number of "maybe unintended, but quite negative consequences" for the state. Marijuana violations have entangled "too many young people" in the criminal justice system, and prosecution for marijuana possession
disproportionately affects black communities despite similar usage. "The war on drugs has unfortunately failed," Madaleno said. "I just think it's time that we take a different approach, one that says this product can be regulated."
Source: The Diamondback (U.MD.) on 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial race
, Mar 2, 2017
Reduce mandatory sentencing for drug offenses
HB 121 Amends Mandatory Sentences for Certain Drug Offenses
passed Senate (40-7-0); Sen. Richard Madaleno voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2015-2016 Maryland legislative records
, Apr 5, 2015
- Repeals the mandatory sentence of at least 10 years imprisonment for first and second time convictions for distributing
or dispensing a dangerous controlled substance;
- Requires an individual convicted of drug offenses to be sentenced to at least 2 years imprisonment, and a maximum imprisonment of 20 years or a maximum fine of $100,000, for first or second offenses
Voted YES on reducing penalties for possession of marijuana
SB 364 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana
Bill Passed House (78-55-8); passed Senate (34-8-5); Sen. Madaleno voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2013-2014 Maryland legislative records
, Mar 29, 2014
- Reduces the penalty for a first offense of possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana to a fine of
$100 from a maximum prison sentence of 90 days, a fine up to $500, or both.
- Classifies the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana as a civil offense punishable by a maximum fine of $250 for a second offense; and a maximum fine of
$500 and for a third or subsequent offense.
- Requires an individual less than 21 years of age who violates a provision of this bill or an individual older than 21 who commits a third or subsequent offense to perform the following actions:
Attend a drug education program;
- Perform an assessment for substance abuse disorder; and
- Enter substance abuse treatment.
Page last updated: Jul 06, 2018