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

Entrepreneurs push for medical marijuana zoning in Baltimore County

Entrepreneurs eager to get a foothold in the nascent medical marijuana business in Maryland asked the Baltimore County Council on Tuesday to pass zoning laws that would allow them to operate.

County officials seek answers on medical marijuana

County officials from across Maryland packed an information session Thursday in Ocean City, seeking guidance now that entrepreneurs are scouting locations to grow and sell marijuana for medical use.

Maryland native dubbed 'marijuana mogul' in Colorado

A Maryland native operates a multimillion-dollar marijuana company in Colorado and stars in the CNN series "High Profits."

Rural Maryland sees jobs in medical marijuana

When Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries pitched a proposal for a medical marijuana growing and processing plant outside Hagerstown last month, Washington County's five commissioners — Republicans all — passed a resolution unanimously supporting the plan.

Harris is backing medical pot research measure

Rep. Andy Harris, the Baltimore County Republican at the center of a controversy last year over the District of Columbia's marijuana legalization, is pushing a bipartisan measure on Wednesday that would expand federally funded research of medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana moves closer to reality in Maryland

With the state publishing draft regulations for medical marijuana, and an infrastructure for distributing it coming into view, Marylanders who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating disease could gain access to the drug before the end of the year.

Creation of medical cannabis industry heads into final stage

The long-awaited rules governing the sale of medical marijuana in Maryland have entered the home stretch with their official printing Friday in the Maryland Register, a move that could make the drug available to patients sometime next year.

As states loosen marijuana laws, veterans still face obstacles to therapeutic treatment

As Maryland and other states move to make medical marijuana available to patients, former service members are still barred from getting the drug from the Veterans Administration.

Medical marijuana factory eyed for Easton

A facility that grows medical marijuana could soon appear in Easton on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Medical marijuana could be growing in 6 months in Maryland

Maryland officials are optimistic medical marijuana could be grown and given to patients within 12 months.

Marijuana paraphernalia bill advances

Marijuana paraphernalia decriminalization bill advances

Marijuana paraphernalia decriminalization bill advances

Director named for state marijuana commission

A veteran state economic development official has been tapped to lead the medical marijuana commission, officials announced Friday.

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.

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.

Medical marijuana rules delayed

A state commission postponed final action on medical marijuana regulations to revise proposed fees and to allow for production and sale of cannabis extracts.

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.

Marijuana commission proposes $125,000 grower fees

Maryland's medical marijuana commission is tentatively proposing a $125,000 fee for potential growers.

Medical marijuana panel moves toward final proposed rules

A state panel on Tuesday hashed out more of the nitty-gritty details to create a medical marijuana industry from scratch, but some key points remained unresolved as the commission nears a deadline next week.

Proposed medical marijuana rules under fire

Critics took aim Tuesday at proposed regulations to create a medical marijuana industry in Maryland as a state commission tasked with writing the rules rushed toward a deadline it might not meet.

Medical marijuana rules for doctors raise concerns

Proposed rules for Maryland's nascent medical marijuana system are drawing objections from a leading advocate, who says the regulations could discourage doctors from participating.

Harris plans attempt to block D.C. pot law

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

Md.'s marijuana laws leave unanswered questions

Maryland's marijuana laws leave unanswered questions

Annapolis mom was at heart of medical marijuana reform

The issue of expanding Maryland's fledgling law on medical marijuana proved to be one of the key issues of the just-completed General Assembly session, and an Annapolis mom proved to be a key player in the reform bill that passed the House and Senate.

Minimum-wage hike, new marijuana laws approved as 2014 session ends

Maryland lawmakers decriminalize marijuana

Maryland lawmakers decriminalize marijuana

Assembly moves to decriminalize marijuana

The General Assembly moved Saturday to dramatically change Maryland's drug laws as the House of Delegates joined the Senate in voting to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense punishable only by a fine.

House to vote on marijuana decriminalization

A powerful General Assembly committee chairman and advocates of decriminalization of marijuana have reached a tentative deal that would make possession of small amounts of the drug a civil offense with no jail time, according to sources familiar with the plan.

House panel rejects marijuana decriminalization, sets study

House panel rejects marijuana decriminalization, sets study

Medical marijuana deal near

Determined to revamp the state's defunct medical marijuana program, key state lawmakers have begun hashing out differences between the different programs approved by the Senate and the House.

Md. Senate passes medical marijuana legislation

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

Senate panel advances new medical marijuana plan

Nearly 100 medical marijuana dispensaries could be opened across Maryland under a bill approved by a key Senate committee Tuesday.

Legislators consider how to launch a marijuana industry

As state lawmakers try to get Maryland's medical marijuana program off the ground, the focus has turned to the practical matter of establishing an industry to provide the drug - and the details are proving daunting.

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

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

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

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

The electorate's changing views about marijuana laws were on display in Annapolis Thursday as a candidate for governor, a leading official of the NAACP and a former Maryland State Police major were among dozens of Marylanders calling for legalization or decriminalization of the

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 County, the county's anti-drug program leader and several County Council members said Tuesday night.

Senate committee clears marijuana decriminalization

A Senate committee voted 8-3 Friday to approve a measure decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, sending it to the full chamber next week.

Bipartisan group of lawmakers vows workable medical marijuana program this year

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers vowed Friday to pass legislation this year to create a workable medical marijuana program — 34 years after the idea was first proposed in the Maryland General Assembly.

Annapolis police chief apologizes for marijuana misspeak

The Annapolis police chief issued an apology Tuesday after apparently referring to a satire article as fact when testifying against the legalization of marijuana before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee.

Law enforcement rallies against marijuana bills

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

Brown leaves door open to pot legalization -- but not now

Medical marijuana program still 18 months away

Maryland medical marijuana program still 18 months away

Most Marylanders back raising minimum wage

Brown tells Mizeur he likes her pot decriminalization bill

Brown tells Mizeur he likes her pot decriminalization bill

Former cop is 'linchpin' of campaign to legalize marijuana

National marijuana group backs Mizeur campaign

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

Medical marijuana still beyond reach in Maryland

Patients hoping to legally use medical marijuana in Maryland appeared to be closer than ever last year, when legislators approved its distribution through medical centers conducting research on the drug. But to date, no hospitals have come forth to participate in the program.

Baltimore Police commissioner not in favor of marijuana legalization

Baltimore Police commissioner not in favor of marijuana legalization

Draft of legalized pot bill calls for taxes, potency ratings

Draft of legalized pot bill calls for taxes, potency ratings

Kittleman co-sponsors marijuana decriminalization bill

State Sen. Allan Kittleman, a Republican running for Howard County Executive, said Wednesday that he's supporting a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana because "it's a public safety issue."

Supporters of legal marijuana launch drive in Annapolis

Advocates of legalizing marijuana launched their effort to change the law in Maryland Thursday, calling the war on drugs a failure and pointing to growing public support for their cause.

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

Schmoke says he never called for 'retreat'

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

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

Mizeur to back legalized marijuana

Del. Heather R. Mizeur will become the first candidate in the Maryland gubernatorial race to call for the legalization and regulation of marijuana, promising to use the tax revenue its generate to pay for an expansion of pre-kindergarten education.

Racial disparity in marijuana arrests has grown, ACLU finds

Baltimore County officials seek tighter ban on synthetic marijuana

A Baltimore County councilwoman is seeking a local ban on synthetic marijuana, saying a state law enacted last year has loopholes.

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

A federal judge in Maryland handed down lighter prison sentences to defendants in a massive marijuana distribution case, saying that such offenses are "not regarded with the same seriousness" as they were just a few decades ago.

O'Malley names Broccolino to medical marijuana commission

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

O'Malley names commission on medical marijuana

Gov. Martin O'Malley named 11 people, including health professionals, lawyers, a police chief and a prosecutor, to a commission to oversee Maryland's new law legalizing marijuana use for medical reasons.

Baltimore marijuana diversion program nearly triples in size

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

Pictures: Ways To Distribute, Use Medical Marijuana

State law allows manufacturers to produce, and dispensaries to sell, medical marijuana in a number of forms. Sales are expected to begin in 2014. Here are some of the products, and delivery systems, for consumption of medical marijuana.

Marijuana cartoons [Pictures]

The debate over legalizing, decriminalizing and otherwise liberalizing marijuana, in cartoons