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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A hearing is scheduled on a measure to put the legalization of marijuana on the ballot for voters to decide in November.

The hearing in the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled for Tuesday.

Both houses of the General Assembly would need to pass the bill by a three-fifths majority to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

It would make possession and home cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and over. It also would require the state to establish regulations and taxation for a legal cannabis market.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A task force studying issues surrounding marijuana legalization in Delaware is set to issue its final report.

Members of the panel, which was established after a legalization bill stalled in the General Assembly last year, were scheduled to vote Wednesday on a final report summarizing their findings and recommendations.

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A legislative taskforce is expected to vote at the end of the month on whether the state should ease its laws regarding the recreational use of marijuana.

Co-chair Representative Helene Keeley told the Wilmington News Journal that she believed there should be enough votes for the recommendations to pass.

Those recommendations range from allowing local governments to enact regulations and requiring a tracking system for seed to sale to banning products resembling candy or cartoon characters and police funding and training.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would allow people charged for the first time with possession of marijuana to later have the charge expunged.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the vote Monday on Republican Sen. Tommy Norment's bill was 38-2.

Norment previously said he was in favor of decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana but opted not to introduce a bill that went that far, saying he didn't think it could pass.

He said the bill that advanced Monday "makes a substantial step forward."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A key panel in the Virginia state House has rejected a proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the panel voted 7-1 against the measure Wednesday, likely dooming any chance of Virginia joining the growing list of states to decriminalize or legalize the drug.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment is pushing legislation that would lessen penalties for a first marijuana-related offense.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - As lawmakers consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana use, some law enforcement officials are suggesting new steps to ensure that marijuana users in Delaware don't have guns.

William Bryson, chairman of the Delaware Police Chiefs Council, told a state panel Wednesday that marijuana users should be required to have a driver's license endorsement indicating that they use pot.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker says he's working on a bill to decriminalize marijuana.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that Senate majority leader Tommy Norment does not support full legalization of the drug. But the Republican said possessing it would be a civil offense subject to a ticket or a fine.
Norment's comments followed the release of a State Crime Commission study that said decriminalizing marijuana would prevent more than 10,000 arrests every year in Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State officials are meeting to discuss the possibility of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Virginia.

The Virginia State Crime Commission is hosting a meeting Monday in Richmond. Commission staff will present the findings of a study on the subject, and then the public will be allowed to comment.

People who wish to speak must sign up in advance and will be limited to three minutes each.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state task force is continuing to examine issues surrounding legalized recreational use of marijuana.

While eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use of marijuana, each has done so through referendum, which Delaware does not allow. That leaves the possibility that Delaware could be the first state to implement legalization through the legislative process.

But members of the task force, which holds its second meeting Wednesday, say several issues need to be addressed before pot is legalized.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The first legal crop of marijuana has started to grow in Maryland. And industry officials say products should be available in medical marijuana dispensaries by 2018.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that at least two licensed cultivators have marijuana plants growing. They are ForwardGro in Anne Arundel County and Curio Wellness in Baltimore County.

The cannabis seeds have been planted four years after Maryland legalized the plant for medical use. Since then, nearly 20 companies have been cleared to grow, process and sell the plant.