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Coverage: Efforts to legalize marijuana in Maryland

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

  • Marijuana paraphernalia bill advances

    Marijuana paraphernalia bill advances

    State lawmakers gave final approval Saturday to a bill that decriminalizes the possession of marijuana paraphernalia and sets a fine for smoking marijuana in public. The move comes after lawmakers last year decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. But last year's law didn't...

  • Marijuana paraphernalia decriminalization bill advances

    Marijuana paraphernalia decriminalization bill advances

    The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Thursday to legislation that would make possession of marijuana paraphernalia a civil offense, bringing it into line with the state's treatment of small amounts of the drug itself. Lawmakers acted after adopting an amendment by Del. Mary Beth Carozza,...

  • D.C. legalizes pot in capital despite threats from Congress

    D.C. legalizes pot in capital despite threats from Congress

    The new mayor of the nation's capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill. Instead, they've threatened her with prison and she has accused them of acting like bullies in a showdown over legal pot that could end up costing District of Columbia residents dearly. Democratic...

  • Maryland lawmakers take fresh run at legalizing marijuana

    Maryland lawmakers take fresh run at legalizing marijuana

    In a year when budget cuts dominate debate in Annapolis, advocates for legalizing marijuana are mounting a renewed effort to get Maryland to follow the lead of Colorado and Washington state - if not now, then in a year or two. A Colorado state legislator and an elected official from Seattle joined...

  • Director named for state marijuana commission

    Director named for state marijuana commission

    A veteran state economic development official has been tapped to lead Maryland's medical marijuana commission, officials announced Friday. Hannah Byron will serve as the commission's first director as the panel implements the rules for buying and selling marijuana and begins to oversee the industry....

  • State panel OKs medical marijuana rules

    State panel OKs medical marijuana rules

    Maryland's medical marijuana program cleared a key hurdle Thursday as a state panel approved draft rules to govern the new businesses. The medical marijuana commission set license fees for growers and dispensaries — at rates among the highest in the country — and developed rules for patients to...

  • Maryland's medical marijuana rules poised for vote

    Maryland's medical marijuana rules poised for vote

    Maryland's medical marijuana commission may vote today on rules to set up and run the state's nascent program. The panel has at least twice delayed approving their rules, which were due nearly two months ago. Advocates for the long-delayed medical marijuana program complained the panel's proposed...

  • Medical marijuana rules on tap

    Medical marijuana rules delayed

    A state commission charged with launching Maryland's lagging medical marijuana program hit the pause button Tuesday, postponing a final vote on already tardy regulations to tweak licensing fees and make cannabis available to patients in liquid as well as smoke-able form. Dr. Paul W. Davies, chairman...

  • Marijuana possession now a fine, but prosecutors see complications

    Starting Wednesday, you can no longer be arrested in Maryland for possessing a small amount of marijuana. But how the rest of that interaction with police plays out might depend on what jurisdiction you're in. Lawmakers did not legalize marijuana, but made possession of less than 10 grams an offense...

  • Marijuana commission proposes $125,000 grower fees

    Licenses for growing, distributing medical marijuana could be costly

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