Coverage: Efforts to legalize marijuana in Maryland

Coverage: Efforts to legalize marijuana in Maryland

Follow Maryland lawmakers' efforts to pass a bill that would regulate and tax marijuana.

Medical marijuana panel moves toward final proposed rules

8:11 PM EDT, September 9, 2014

Medical marijuana panel moves toward final proposed rules

New draft of regulations expected Wednesday, but some details still unresolved.

Proposed medical marijuana rules under fire

12:33 AM EDT, August 27, 2014

Proposed medical marijuana rules under fire

Advocates say burdensome, vague regulations would forbid pot dispensary in Baltimore.

Medical marijuana rules for doctors raise concerns

7:39 PM EDT, July 25, 2014

Medical marijuana rules for doctors raise concerns

Sponsor worries draft regulations could deter participation.

Harris plans attempt to block D.C. pot law

7:35 PM EDT, June 24, 2014

Harris plans attempt to block D.C. pot law

Rep. Andy Harris plans to introduce an amendment that would block the District of Columbia's effort to decriminalize marijuana.

Md.'s marijuana laws leave unanswered questions

April 14, 2014

Md.'s marijuana laws leave unanswered questions

Doctors, suppliers, police evaluate medical use and decriminalization.

Annapolis mom was at heart of medical marijuana reform

6:00 AM EDT, April 12, 2014

Annapolis mom was at heart of medical marijuana reform

Expanding Maryland's fledgling law on medical marijuana proved to be one of the key issues of the just-completed General Assembly session.

Minimum-wage hike, new marijuana laws approved as session ends

April 8, 2014

Minimum-wage hike, new marijuana laws approved as session ends

Lawmakers turn attention to upcoming election.

Maryland lawmakers decriminalize marijuana

4:31 PM EDT, April 7, 2014

Maryland lawmakers decriminalize marijuana

Possession of small amounts of marijuana will no longer be a crime in Maryland under a law passed Monday and sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his expected signature.

Assembly moves to decriminalize marijuana

8:52 PM EDT, April 5, 2014

Assembly moves to decriminalize marijuana

House votes to make pot possession a civil offense.

House to vote on marijuana decriminalization

12:39 PM EDT, April 5, 2014

Tentative deal reached to advance marijuana decriminalization

Decriminalization proposal, thought dead, could be revived.

House panel rejects marijuana decriminalization, sets study

6:58 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

House panel rejects marijuana decriminalization, sets study

The House Judiciary Committee voted to reject a move to treat possession of small amounts of the drug as a civil offense.

Medical marijuana deal near

9:34 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Medical marijuana deal near

Lawmakers ironing out differences in plans to launch state medical pot program.

Md. Senate passes medical marijuana legislation

12:09 PM EDT, March 27, 2014

Md. Senate passes medical marijuana legislation

The Senate passed legislation that would give Marylanders with serious medical conditions access to marijuana if it is recommended by a specially licensed physician.

Senate panel advances new medical marijuana plan

8:03 PM EDT, March 25, 2014

Senate panel advances new medical marijuana plan

Measure would allow 94 dispensaries across state.

Legislators consider how to launch a marijuana industry

9:11 PM EDT, March 20, 2014

Legislators consider how to launch a marijuana industry

Differences emerge over licensing growers, dispensers.

Bill would allow doctors to write marijuana 'recommendation' for their patients

9:31 PM EDT, March 17, 2014

Medical marijuana bill passes House

The House of Delegates approved legislation that would allow specially licensed physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with debilitating medical conditions.

House of Delegates advances medical marijuana bill

2:04 PM EDT, March 15, 2014

House of Delegates advances medical marijuana bill

The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Saturday to legislation that would liberalize its current law allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

State Senate votes to decriminalize marijuana

2:41 PM EDT, March 14, 2014

State Senate votes to decriminalize marijuana

Possession of small amounts of marijuana would be treated as a civil offense rather than a crime under a bill that passed the Senate Friday.

Marijuana hearings reflect public opinion shift

9:25 PM EDT, March 13, 2014

Legal marijuana backers rally before hearings

Nearly 100 supporters of sweeping changes in Maryland's marijuana laws rallied in the bitter cold in Annapolis.

Harford leaders oppose legalizing marijuana, urge more attention to substance abuse

6:15 AM EDT, March 12, 2014

Harford leaders oppose legalizing marijuana, urge more attention to substance abuse

Legalizing marijuana will only mean more deaths, while alcohol and other drugs remain serious problems in Harford Co.

Senate committee clears marijuana decriminalization

7:12 PM EST, March 7, 2014

Senate committee clears marijuana decriminalization

A Senate committee voted 8-3 to approve a measure decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Bipartisan group of lawmakers vows workable medical marijuana program this year

8:22 PM EST, February 28, 2014

Bipartisan group of lawmakers vows workable medical marijuana program this year

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers vowed to pass legislation this year to create a workable medical marijuana program.

Annapolis police chief apologizes for marijuana misspeak

6:49 PM EST, February 25, 2014

Annapolis police chief apologizes for marijuana misspeak

Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop issued an apology for inaccurate statements he made about deaths related to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.

Law enforcement rallies against marijuana bills

8:35 PM EST, February 25, 2014

Cops, sheriffs, prosecutors object to loosening pot laws

Leaders in the law enforcement community cautioned against loosening marijuana laws Tuesday.

Brown leaves door open to legalization of marijuana -- but not now

10:46 AM EST, February 21, 2014

Brown leaves door open to legalization of marijuana -- but not now

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown edged a small step further toward acceptance of eventual legalization of marijuana in Maryland.

Medical marijuana program still 18 months away

11:13 PM EST, February 20, 2014

Medical marijuana program still 18 months away

The chairman of a commission set up to oversee the implementation of a medical marijuana program told lawmakers Thursday that the initiative is at least 18 months away from offering pain relief to the first patients.

Most Marylanders back raising minimum wage

9:15 PM EST, February 17, 2014

Most Marylanders back raising minimum wage

Poll also finds support for changing marijuana laws.

Brown tells Mizeur he likes her pot decriminalization bill

7:31 PM EST, February 10, 2014

Brown tells Mizeur he likes her pot decriminalization bill

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown wrote to one of his Democratic rivals expressing approval of her legislation to decriminalize possession of marijuana.

Former cop is 'linchpin' of campaign to legalize marijuana

8:59 PM EST, February 3, 2014

Former cop is 'linchpin' of campaign to legalize marijuana

Not long after Neill Franklin stepped behind a lectern in Annapolis to argue for making marijuana legal, the retired law enforcement officer was fighting tears again.

National marijuana group backs Mizeur campaign

11:32 AM EST, January 31, 2014

National marijuana group backs Mizeur campaign

A national coalition pushing to legalize marijuana endorsed Del. Heather Mizeur in the race for governor.

Medical marijuana still beyond reach in Maryland

5:00 AM EST, January 28, 2014

Medical marijuana still beyond reach in Maryland

Barry Considine still has to buy marijuana illegally, as he has since he first asked around a biker bar for it to help treat his post-polio syndrome.

Baltimore Police commissioner not in favor of marijuana legalization

7:19 PM EST, January 30, 2014

Baltimore Police commissioner not in favor of marijuana legalization

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts in a radio interview on Thursday evening expressed doubt that marijuana should be legalized. 

Draft of legalized pot bill calls for taxes, potency ratings

9:24 PM EST, January 28, 2014

Draft of legalized pot bill calls for taxes, potency ratings

Curious what legalized pot would look like in Maryland?

Zirkin, Kittleman propose decriminalizing marijuana

4:18 PM EST, January 21, 2014

Zirkin, Kittleman propose decriminalizing marijuana

A bipartisan pair of senators plans to introduce a proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of the drug.

Kittleman co-sponsors marijuana decriminalization bill

12:30 PM EST, January 22, 2014

Kittleman co-sponsors marijuana decriminalization bill

State Sen. Allan Kittleman, a Republican running for Howard Co. Executive, said Wednesday that he's supporting a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Supporters of legal marijuana launch drive in Annapolis

8:24 PM EST, January 16, 2014

Supporters of legal marijuana launch drive in Annapolis

Advocates of legalizing marijuana launched their effort to change the law in Maryland.

Mayor says she won't wave 'Schmoke flag of legalization' for marijuana

3:10 PM EST, January 15, 2014

Mayor says she won't wave 'Schmoke flag of legalization' for marijuana

As some Maryland lawmakers rally for marijuana legalization, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will not be among them.

McIntosh adds powerful voice to legal marijuana movement

12:29 PM EST, January 10, 2014

McIntosh adds powerful voice to legal marijuana movement

Baltimore Del. Maggie McIntosh joined the chorus of powerful legislators supporting legalized marijuana in Maryland.

O'Malley opposed to legalizing pot

1:45 PM EST, January 8, 2014

O'Malley opposed to legalizing pot

Gov. Martin O'Malley rejected the idea of following the lead of Colorado and Washington by legalizing and regulating the sale and use of marijuana in Md.

Mizeur to back legalized marijuana

10:03 PM EST, November 18, 2013

Mizeur to back legalized marijuana

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur is calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana.

Racial disparity in marijuana arrests has grown, ACLU finds

1:11 PM EST, November 13, 2013

Racial disparity in marijuana arrests has grown, ACLU finds

The gap between rates for black and white people arrested on marijuana possession charges widened significantly in the past decade.

Baltimore County officials seek tighter ban on synthetic marijuana

7:46 PM EST, January 13, 2014

Baltimore County officials seek tighter ban on synthetic marijuana

A Baltimore County councilwoman is seeking to tighten a local ban on synthetic marijuana.

U.S. judge says government view on marijuana raises 'equal justice' issue

7:18 PM EDT, October 28, 2013

U.S. judge says government view on marijuana raises 'equal justice' issue

A federal judge in Md. handed down lighter prison sentences to defendants in a huge marijuana distribution case.

O'Malley names Broccolino to medical marijuana commission

3:29 PM EDT, September 16, 2013

O'Malley names Broccolino to medical marijuana commission

Howard Co. State's Attorney Dario Broccolino has been named by Gov. Martin O'Malley to a medical marijuana commission, according to a news release.

O'Malley names commission on medical marijuana

8:47 PM EDT, September 12, 2013

O'Malley names commission on medical marijuana

Gov. Martin O'Malley named 11 people to a commission to oversee Maryland's new law legalizing marijuana use for medical reasons.

Baltimore marijuana diversion program nearly triples in size

2:39 PM EST, February 15, 2014

Baltimore marijuana diversion program nearly triples in size

City prosecutors have been offering more people charged with marijuana possession a chance to avoid conviction through community service, and recently released data shows that defendants are taking the deal at a rate that has tripled in the course of a year.

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