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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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

Marijuana paraphernalia decriminalization bill advances

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

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 commission may vote today on rules to set up and run the state's nascent program.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Maryland's marijuana laws leave unanswered questions

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.

Maryland lawmakers 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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Saturday to legislation that would liberalize its current law allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Maryland medical marijuana program still 18 months away

Brown tells Mizeur he likes her pot decriminalization bill

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

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

Draft of legalized pot bill calls for taxes, potency ratings

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."

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.

Schmoke says he never called for 'retreat'

Baltimore Del. Maggie McIntosh joined the chorus of powerful legislators supporting legalized marijuana in Maryland.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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