Maryland's Attorney General's Office has confirmed that Carl Snowden resigned as the office's director for civil rights effective Jan. 8.
"Because the letter is a personnel matter, we are not disclosing any of the contents of the letter," Deputy Communications Director Alan Brody said. "If he wants to do so, he is free to do so."
Snowden, who is also the chairman of Housing Authority for the City of Annapolis (HACA), was convicted of misdemeanor possession of marijuana in November.
He was arrested in April with co-defendant Anthony Hill after Baltimore City police officers discovered a cigar containing marijuana in the center cup holder of Snowden's 2010 Honda Pilot.
"It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve Marylanders over the last six years as the first director for civil rights in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General," Snowden said in a press release. "Doug Gansler has been a great supporter and friend and I wish him well."
He declined to comment on whether the conviction played a part in his resignation. Marijuana possession could have been grounds for termination from the state's attorney's office.
The Court of Special Appeals also upheld a 2010 DUI conviction in a ruling issued about two weeks ago.
In November, Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen said he would not seek to remove Snowden from the HACA board despite what he called "poor judgement" on Snowden's part.
He instead pointed to what he saw as Snowden's accomplishments in transforming the face of public housing in the city.
The mayor reiterated this point when asked about whether Snowden's conviction would set a bad example for Annapolis' public housing residents—who are subject to eviction when convicted of drug-related offenses.
As for who will replace Snowden as director for civil rights, Brody said it's too soon to tell.
"I'm not familiar with any personnel movements to fulfill that role. I believe we have had existing personnel fill in the numerous roles he has under that job," Brody said. "I don't know what the long-term plans are."
Snowden has been on a leave of absence since this spring in order to pursue a civil case against embattled Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold. He and nine other people allege that the Pasadena Republican illegally compiled a dossiers on them.
Leopold is set to stand trial in Circuit Court in January 2013 on charges of misconduct in office and fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary.
As for Snowden's political future, he said in his press release that he plans to announce "what his future plans will entail" on Jan. 18 at the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Dinner.