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Maryland lawmakers launch effort to legalize marijuana

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The push for legalizing marijuana advanced Thursday as a group of state lawmakers announced their intention to introduce legislation soon.

According to the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland , the Marijuana Control Act of 2014 would “make the personal use, possession, and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older; establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol; and allow for the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp.”

"We need to understand that arresting people for marijuana use can have devastating consequences for people's ability to get jobs, housing, and education,” said Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City) in a statement. “Those unnecessary and misguided consequences are being concentrated in communities of color, because even though marijuana use rates are the same, black Marylanders are disproportionately arrested for it." Read Full Article

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