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Maryland lawmakers to study legalizing recreational marijuana in 2020 with state law or by referendum

Maryland lawmakers to study legalizing recreational marijuana in 2020 with state law or by referendum

Leaders of Maryland's General Assembly created a work group Tuesday to study legalizing recreational use of marijuana — a signal the legislature won’t pass legislation this year on the issue.

The bipartisan group will make recommendations at the end of December that could be used to develop bills for the 2020 legislative session.

House Speaker Michael Busch said in a statement that he wanted to make sure legislators “understand all of the complexities of legalization and are prepared if, indeed, we move forward.”

Work group members will review issues such as how the state could license and tax such an industry, the public health effects of legalization, impacts on the...

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