Maryland Dems back decriminalizing pot

by Mike Lillis - The Hill
April 9, 2014

A pair of Maryland’s powerful House Democrats said Tuesday they support the state’s move to decriminalize marijuana.

Reps. Steny Hoyer and Chris Van Hollen said the proposal, which Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has said he will sign, will go a long way toward fixing the state’s crowded prisons.

“I think there’s a growing bipartisan consensus that we have way too many people in prison for nonviolent offenses, including the kind of issues that this bill [addresses],” Van Hollen said.

“I agree with that,” Hoyer said.

Hoyer’s comments were a shift from just a few months ago, when the veteran lawmaker said he was opposed to any state move toward legalizing marijuana.

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