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Recreational Substance Use
Fixing Md.'s marijuana law [Editorial]
Fixing Md.'s marijuana law [Editorial]

Maryland's legislature decided to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for a few reasons. Lawmakers concluded that police and prosecutors should not be focusing their attention on what is increasingly viewed by the public as a relatively harmless vice; they expressed concern that criminal convictions related to marijuana possession were harming the employment and educational prospects of thousands of Marylanders; and they were alarmed at the massive racial disparities in marijuana possession arrests between blacks and whites despite equivalent rates of use. Although the new law only went into effect on Wednesday, it's already clear that it's going to take...