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8:35 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Harris Measure to Overturn Pot Decriminalization in DC

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A measure to block the decriminalization of marijuana in Washington D.C. by Congressman Andy Harris has made it through the House of Representatives as part of legislation approved yesterday on Capitol Hill.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that House Democrats who oppose the measure made no attempt to block it since that effort would fail in the Republican led House.

The Eastern Shore Republican’s proposal was part of the spending bill for the District and some federal agencies.

That legislation was approved by a vote of 228-to-195.

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11:36 am
Thu July 3, 2014

DC Mayor Calls for Boycott of Eastern Shore

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The mayor of the District of Columbia is urging residents to boycott the Eastern Shore of Maryland this holiday, because of its congressional representative's position on decriminalizing marijuana.

Mayor Vincent Gray said at a Wednesday news conference that the city's residents shouldn't support someone who doesn't support them.

The mayor is referring to Rep. Andy Harris, who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore. Harris successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would overturn the city's marijuana decriminalization law.

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8:37 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Delaware Legislation to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have introduced a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Under the bill Thursday, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by a person 21 years or older would no longer be a crime.

But anyone caught smoking pot in a public place would be assessed a civil fine of $100.

Possessing more than an ounce of marijuana could still result in criminal prosecution.

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1:49 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Governor Signs Bill to Decriminalize Pot


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.

Under the law, possession of rolling papers, pipes and other marijuana accessories will remain a criminal offense, meaning a person could still be arrested for it.

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2:17 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Pot Decriminalization May Have to Wait in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's legislature apparently won't eliminate criminal policies for marijuana possession this year, but it will likely take a step in that direction.

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to create a task force to study decriminalization policies. The task force would make a recommendation after two years.

This is a reworked version of a Senate bill that would decriminalize the drug right away. In the same situation last year, this committee let the bill die without reaching the House floor.

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8:42 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Pot Bill Set for Hearing by MD House of Delagates Panel


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A House committee is preparing to take up a bill that would eliminate criminal charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

A hearing is planned in the House Judiciary Committee at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Senate has already approved the measure.

A similar bill passed the Senate last year but couldn't make it through this same House committee to receive a full House of Delegates vote.

Also Tuesday, two health care advocacy groups will meet in Baltimore to celebrate recent insurance expansion.

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7:42 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Up For Vote In Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is set to vote Friday on whether to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Sen. Robert Zirkin's bill would replace criminal penalties for pot possession with a $100 civil fine. Juveniles caught with the drug would also have to appear before a judge and possibly undergo treatment. Under an amendment from Sen. Christopher Shank, the same penalty would also apply to adults caught a third time.

Criminal penalties would remain intact for anyone carrying more than about one-third of an ounce of pot.

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8:31 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Treatment To Be Included in Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Christopher Shank wants to make sure judges can still order treatment for persistent marijuana users if Maryland decriminalizes the drug.

Shank, R-Washington, introduced an amendment Tuesday to a marijuana decriminalization bill currently under consideration in the Senate. Under Shank's amendment, anyone caught with marijuana three or more times would be required to appear in court, and a judge would be allowed to order treatment. But there still would not be criminal charges for possessing 10 grams or less.

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10:44 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Miss UMES Steps Down

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UMES Campus Queen Porsha Harvey has stepped down after being charged with disruptive behavior involving a campus police officer and a separate incident involving a citation for marijuana possession.

Harvey quit telling university officials that recent incidents had devalued her role as a student leader.

Her attorney would not discuss the charges when contacted by the Salisbury Daily Times and said his client would not be discussing the case in the public media.

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9:35 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Law Enforcement Has Tough Sell Against Pot Bills in MD Legislature


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police and prosecutor objections to this year's marijuana decriminalization bills apparently aren't getting far with the Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee.

In the bills' first hearing on Tuesday, committee members sparred with police chiefs who want to keep the drug illegal. Sen. Christopher Shank advised one chief to find a compromise - to decide what features a bill would need to avoid hindering law enforcement - because the drug war isn't working.

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9:36 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Marijuana Bills Up For Consideration in MD Legislature


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two bills that would decriminalize marijuana will get their first hearing Tuesday in a Senate committee.

A bill filed by Sen. Robert Zirkin would make it a civil offense to possess less than 10 grams worth of marijuana, punishable by a $100 fine but no longer attached to any criminal charge. The other bill, filed by Sen. Jamie Raskin, would make marijuana possession legal for people 21 or older.

Also this week, CASA de Maryland and the NAACP will have a rally concerning immigrant and civil rights issues.

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12:37 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Lt. Gov. Brown Not Ready To Legalize Marijuana

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says Colorado and Washington state should be applauded for legalizing marijuana, but he wants to learn more about what happens in those states before supporting legalization in Maryland.

Brown, who is running for governor, talked about a variety of marijuana measures on Friday during a meeting with Baltimore lawmakers.

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9:18 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Marijuana Legalization Topped Issues at This Year's Annual Annapolis Summit

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With the opening of the General Assembly in Annapolis this week, expect the issue of marijuana to make a fuss with the possibility of decriminalization as Governor Martin O'Malley expresses his opposition to such a move. The legislature's two top leaders and the Governor hashed out issues with Marc Steiner during his annual Annapolis Summit this week.

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11:40 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Democratic Candidate for Governor Would Legalize Marijuana


SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker who is running for governor is proposing to legalize marijuana in the state.

Del. Heather Mizeur announced the plan on Tuesday.

She says legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana in a way similar to how the state regulates alcohol would provide the state with increased revenue and enhance public safety.

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10:43 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Racial Disparaity in Maryland Marijuana Arrests

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A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union found that African Americans in Maryland are almost three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story:

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9:10 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Banning Marijuana Like Synthetics

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that would allow Frederick County Commissioners to prohibit the possession and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, better known synthetic marijuana. Officials say that synthetic cannabinoids are chemical substances that are not derived from the marijuana plant but mimic the effects of THC, the primary ingredient in marijuana.

The cannabinoids are typically sprayed onto plant material and marketed under names such as "Spice" or "K2."

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