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David Simon Condemns War on Drugs at NYT Conference, Using Baltimore as an Example

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Still via video from The New York Times

A lot has changed in the two yeas since David Simon sat down with the president to discuss drug policy, but the writer and producer’s message remains the same.

Former Baltimore Mayor Regrets the “War on Drugs”

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The so-called “war on drugs” isn’t going well– 44,000 Americans die every year from drug overdoses, more than are killed by either car accidents or gun violence. 

Governor O’Malley Can’t Reconcile His Tough-on-Crime Brand with Decriminalization

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Even though the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana is becoming almost a political no-brainer (especially as increasing numbers of Americans favor outright legalization), our ostensibly progressive governor’s “tough on crime” brand has made it hard for him to oppose incarceration in any case. How much sympathy can we expect Gov. Martin O’Malley to muster for scofflaw stoners when he waited until 2012 to commute the sentence of a man serving life in prison, after being made aware of his probable innocence in 2008?

Which Md. Lawmakers Admit to Smoking Pot and Which Won’t?

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Image via hemp.org
Image via hemp.org

Lately politicians have become very comfortable decrying our marijuana laws — finally. But ask them about their personal histories with pot, and the conversation gets a little more awkward.

The Washington Post gave a rundown of the variety of reactions the question has elicited from Maryland politicians. Here’s where they stand:

Tried it once in college and then not “more than once every five years since then”:

+ Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore)!

Tried once in her late thirties and immediately decided it “wasn’t her thing”:

+ Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery County)*

Brown Takes Safest Conceivable Stance on Marijuana Laws

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Del. Heather Mizeur and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown
Del. Heather Mizeur and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown

“Decriminalize the Possession of Small Amounts of It” doesn’t look as good on a bumper sticker as “Legalize It,” but that’s Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s official position on Maryland’s marijuana laws.

With marijuana legalization gaining support all across the country — and with gubernatorial rival Del. Heather Mizeur making legal weed a key plank in her platform — Brown has entered into the issue with a rather modest proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of the drug.

In a letter made public Monday, Brown explained the reasoning behind decriminalization. He pointed out that marijuana arrests disproportionately target African-Americans, that such an arrest can have “an in­cred­ibly negative impact on that person’s life,” and that enforcement is “costly,” tying up resources that could be put to better use.

SRB Invents Bizarre Phrase to Explain Her Position on Marijuana

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When it comes to marijuana, let it be known that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is “not going to be waving the Schmoke flag of legalization,” which, ironically, is a statement you’d have to be high to understand.

She’s referring to former Baltimore mayor Kurt Schmoke’s push for decriminalization of the drug, so it’s clear enough that she’s expressing her disagreement with his views, but what the heck is a “Schmoke flag?” Schmoke himself has never before heard the term. “I assure you it was never a flag of retreat,” he said.

Maryland Could Get a Little More California with Medical Marijuana Bill

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Man, are we a progressive state or what? A medical marijuana bill that passed the House of Delegates will likely pass the Senate, according to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, meaning that Maryland would be developing its own medical marijuana program over the next several years.

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