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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are introducing legislation to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use.

Supporters are scheduled to talk about the measure on Monday.

One measure would make marijuana legal for adults 21 and older and regulate its production and sale similarly to alcohol.

Another bill would enact taxes on non-medical marijuana.

The General Assembly decriminalized marijuana in 2014. People caught with less than 10 grams are now issued a $100 ticket. The fine increases to $500 for repeat offenses.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - The number of marijuana arrests in Virginia has fallen significantly in the last few years.

The Daily Press reports that charges for marijuana offenses dropped by 14 percent statewide over two years. It's the largest two-year drop in at least 15 years. According to figures from the Virginia state police, filings for cannabis-related offenses are on pace to fall again in 2016.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to make it a criminal misdemeanor to smoke marijuana in vehicles.
The House voted 139-0 for the bill Friday. It now goes to the Senate.
The bill initially would have applied to public spaces, but that provision was taken out by the House Judiciary Committee.
Earlier this week, the House rejected an attempt by Republican lawmakers to make it a criminal offense to smoke marijuana on the Ocean City Boardwalk or other public spaces.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to override some of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes.
 The Senate voted 29-17 on Thursday to override a bill to decriminalize the possession of marijuana paraphernalia and smoking pot in public. The Senate also voted 30-16 to override a veto of a bill designed to ensure third-party travel websites pay all of the state's sales tax.
The Senate postponed a vote to override a veto of a bill to allow felons to vote while on parole or probation until Feb. 5.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland law enforcement leaders are urging lawmakers not to override two of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes relating to marijuana and the seizure of assets in criminal cases.

Groups representing states attorneys, police chiefs and sheriffs spoke against the measures Tuesday, a day before the legislative session begins.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has officially decriminalized possession by adults of small amounts of marijuana.

Just past the stroke of midnight on Friday, a decriminalization law signed in June by Gov. Jack Markell took effect.

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The Maryland Farm Bureau has decided to pass on taking a position on medical marijuana.

This is the second time the organization has decided not to give its support as it met in Ocean City for its 100th annual convention.

While there was some discussion the measure failed to be brought up on the floor.

One Farm Bureau spokesman told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are many farmers who are interested in growing the crop but adds there’s not enough.

The state is processing hundreds of applications to grow process and dispense medical the weed.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Advocates for the legalization of marijuana and other changes to U.S. drug laws are getting together for a four-day conference in the Washington area.

The 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is being hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance. It's being held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

The group is also planning to lobby Congress on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to pass bills that would make it easier for states to change their marijuana laws and decrease penalties for people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Frederick County Council is seeking citizens' views on whether marijuana production should be allowed on land zoned for agricultural use.

The public hearing Tuesday afternoon follows a request from a group that wants to grow cannabis at an existing greenhouse business in Middletown.

The county zoning administrator says local land-use regulations currently allow growing of medical marijuana only in industrial zones.

The group seeking the change says marijuana is a crop, and growing it in farming areas makes sense.


DENVER (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley is promising immediate change on marijuana policy if he takes office - even as he met with pot workers in Colorado who could be out of business if O'Malley carries out his plans.

The former Maryland governor met with Colorado officials and marijuana activists and business owners in Denver Thursday. He repeated his pledge to reclassify marijuana under federal drug laws if elected.