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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House of Representatives is poised to vote on a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The legislation to be voted on Tuesday makes possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine of $100, rather than a criminal offense.

Smoking marijuana in an area accessible to the public or in a moving vehicle would be a criminal misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $200 and imprisonment of up to five days.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Some Baltimore police accountability activists say they'll protest former Gov. Martin O'Malley's announcement of a possible presidential bid in the city Saturday morning.

Duane Davis of Baltimore Bloc said Thursday that police brutality flourished under O'Malley's "zero-tolerance" law enforcement policies during his seven years as mayor. Davis traces the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal injury in police custody, to O'Malley's policies.

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Despite a clash with the state legislature and the governor Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher says he intends to file his re-election papers for a second term.   

The Greenwood Republican tangled with state officials by filing a lawsuit over whether a sheriff in Delaware has the power to arrest people.  

After Christopher took office the General Assembly approved a bill that explicitly denied arrest powers to sheriffs in the state.

Instead, they can only perform such duties as serving subpoenas and other papers for the courts.