About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Criminal Law
(a)   Except as otherwise authorized by this title, a person may not:
(1)   omit, remove, alter, or obliterate a symbol required by federal law for a substance governed by this title;
(2)   refuse or fail to make, keep, or furnish a record, notification, order form, statement, invoice, or information required under this title;
(3)   refuse entry into a premises or inspection, if the entry or inspection is authorized under this title; or
(4)   as a registrant or other authorized person under this title, keep or maintain a store, shop, warehouse, dwelling house, building, vehicle, boat, aircraft, or other place that is:
(i)   resorted to by persons using a controlled dangerous substance in violation of this title for the purpose of using a controlled dangerous substance; or
(ii)   used for keeping or selling a controlled dangerous substance in violation of this title.
(b)   Unless authorized by the registrant’s registration, a registrant may not manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled dangerous substance to another registrant or other authorized person.
(c)   An authorized provider may not prescribe, administer, manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess a controlled dangerous substance, drug paraphernalia, or controlled paraphernalia except:
(1)   in the course of regular professional duties; and
(2)   in conformity with this title and the standards of the authorized provider’s profession relating to controlled dangerous substances, drug paraphernalia, or controlled paraphernalia.
(d)   A controlled dangerous substance, drug paraphernalia, or controlled paraphernalia manufactured, distributed, dispensed, possessed, prescribed, or administered in violation of subsection (c) of this section is contraband.
(e)    (1)   If the trier of fact specifically finds that a person has knowingly or intentionally violated this section, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or a fine not exceeding $100,000 or both.
(2)   In all other cases, a person who violates this section is subject to a civil penalty not exceeding $50,000.