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  • Supporters of legal marijuana launch drive in Annapolis

    Supporters of legal marijuana launch drive in Annapolis
    Advocates of legalizing marijuana launched their effort Thursday to change the law in Maryland, calling the war on drugs a failure and pointing to growing public support for their cause. A handful of Maryland lawmakers hope to push the state in the...
  • City Council members push to crack down on panhandling

    City Council members push to crack down on panhandling
    Asking for money near Baltimore restaurants, shops or parking meters would be outlawed under legislation some City Council members say is needed to make residents and visitors feel safer. The proposal, which heads to the full council for its...
  • Film to document Crownsville Hospital's history

    Film to document Crownsville Hospital's history
    For years, R. Todd Stevens drove by the old Crownsville Hospital Center and wondered about the closed psychiatric facility. The hospital shut down in 2004, two years before Stevens moved just a couple miles down the road. He was surprised to learn the...
  • Cardin proposes criminalizing 'revenge porn'

    Cardin proposes criminalizing 'revenge porn'
    Del. Jon Cardin wants to make "revenge porn" a felony that could result in a five-year prison term for posting compromising pictures of an ex-lover on the Internet The Baltimore County Democrat plans to release details of his new bill Wednesday. If...
  • ACLU criticizes Md. police on immigration enforcement

    ACLU criticizes Md. police on immigration enforcement
    Law enforcement in Maryland is "unwittingly" being turned into a tool of federal immigration authorities by agreeing to hold people wanted by the Department of Homeland Security, the ACLU said Tuesday. A report published by the American Civil Liberties...
  • Mayor says she won't wave 'Schmoke flag of legalization' for marijuana

    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. The mayor on Wednesday spoke out against legalizing the drug, saying she does not endorse efforts by a previous mayor, Kurt...
  • McIntosh adds powerful voice to legal marijuana movement

    McIntosh adds powerful voice to legal marijuana movement
    Baltimore Del. Maggie McIntosh joined the chorus of powerful legislators supporting legalized marijuana in Maryland. In a Friday email to supporters, McIntosh identified the legalizing pot as one of four "the biggest, most important issues" facing the...
  • Baltimore Police 'stop and frisk' oversight faulted by ACLU

    Baltimore Police 'stop and frisk' oversight faulted by ACLU
    Out of more than 120,000 documented citizen stops by Baltimore Police last year, only 494 resulted in a search and just nine guns were recovered, according to data the agency released to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. The data offers...
  • City's 'stop and frisk' oversight criticized

    City's 'stop and frisk' oversight criticized
    Baltimore police say they stopped residents 123,000 times last year but found only nine handguns — a figure civil rights advocates say is so implausible that it raises questions about whether the agency is actually monitoring the conduct of officers...
  • One step at a time on marijuana [Editorial]

    One step at a time on marijuana  [Editorial]
    The politics surrounding marijuana in Maryland have come a long way during the last few years. A law allowing token penalties for those who claimed medical reasons for using the drug was controversial less than a decade ago. Now the state is launching a...
  • Racial disparity in marijuana arrests has grown, ACLU finds

    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, according to Maryland data released by the American Civil Liberties Union. Meredith Curtis, a spokeswoman for the...
  • On 'stop and frisk,' Batts in 'strong agreement' with ACLU

    On 'stop and frisk,' Batts in 'strong agreement' with ACLU
    Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Wednesday he is in "strong agreement" with concerns raised by the ACLU over how his agency tracks its officers' interactions with citizens. The civil liberties group released department data that showed...