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Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Hypodermic Needles, Other Drug Paraphernalia

March 25, 2021

The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would decriminalize the possession and distribution of drug paraphernalia — including hypodermic needles and syringes. “All this bill does is try to keep criminalization away from the people that are using these, [and] to encourage people to use these clean products and to use these programs,” Sen. Jill P. Carter (D-Baltimore City), the bill sponsor, said on the floor. Senate Bill 420 passed out of the chamber on a vote of 31-16, but not without a fight from Senate Republicans.

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