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Lawmakers: Legalize, regulate, tax marijuana

Hixson: ‘Why prop up drug cartels and gangs?’

By Kate S. Alexander

Maryland could join Colorado in legalizing marijuana if lawmakers pass a proposal to tax and regulate pot, similar to alcohol, in the Free State.

Lawmakers backed by the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland — which includes Maryland chapters of the ACLU and the League of Women Voters — intend to introduce legislation soon that would make the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults ages 21 and older.

Sen. Jamie B. Raskin, Del. Sheila Ellis Hixson and Del. Curtis S. Anderson (D-Dist. 43) of Baltimore are three lawmakers behind the proposal.

In a statement provided by the policy coalition, Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park said the public experiment with marijuana prohibition has failed.

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