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Recreational Substance Use
Marijuana legalization is the only option
Marijuana legalization is the only option

Earlier this month, marijuana was partially decriminalized in Maryland, making possession under 10 grams (about a third of an ounce) subject to a citation, a fine and no jail time. Despite some problems with the language of the law, taking jail time off the table and ensuring no criminal records for owners of small quantities of marijuana are positive first steps in changing the state's drug policy. That said, the Maryland legislature has been far too timid in its approach and should instead adopt a Colorado-like model for legalization. It is tempting to take a wait-and-see approach to most policies, especially when venturing into untested waters. In the case of marijuana,...