House panel rejects marijuana decriminalization, sets study

Michael Dresser The Baltimore Sun April 2, 2014 Holding out against rising public sentiment in favor of less stringent marijuana laws, the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to reject a move to treat possession of small amounts of the drug as a civil offense. Instead, the committee amended the Senate-passed decriminalization bill to turn it into a measure setting up a task force to study possible changes in marijuana laws. The move effectively ends efforts in Maryland this year…

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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…

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Thoughts on the Legalization of Marijuana in Maryland

The state senator, who personally opposes the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, said he is hearing from many constituents in favor of such a move. By Sen. Norman Stone, 6th District A majority of the emails I have been receiving since the 2014 Legislative Session convened are from constituents who support the legalization of marijuana. As you may recall, last year Maryland passed a limited medical marijuana law allowing authorized academic medical centers and research centers…

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Support growing for legalized marijuana in Maryland

Some lawmakers want to tax substance ANNAPOLIS, Md. —Could Maryland become the next state to legalize marijuana? It depends on who you ask. Support in Annapolis is growing, but State House leaders including the governor are opposed. Read more about the Proposed Marijuana Bill | Mobile users tap here for video The rush is on to turn marijuana into a legal cash crop in Maryland, taxing it like alcohol. "(It would bring) $122 to $155 million a year based on what we know about current usage rates,"…

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Supporters of legal marijuana launch drive in Annapolis

Advocates of legalizing marijuana launched their effort Thursday to change the law in Maryland, calling the war on drugs a failure and pointing to growing public support for their cause. A handful of Maryland lawmakers hope to push the state in the direction of Colorado, where recreational use of pot is regulated and taxed like alcohol. Advocates say that would generate about $150 million in tax dollars for Maryland each year. Supporters compared the changing public attitude toward legalizing marijuana…

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