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by Firedoglake

Great news: the Maryland House of Delegates voted to approve marijuana decriminalization! Now that the bill has passed the House and Senate, it's on its way to Governor Martin O'Malley's desk, and we need to make sure he signs it into law. The governor has previously supported marijuana reforms, signing medical marijuana legislation for the state in 2013. However, his office maintains they haven't quite made up their mind about decriminalization.

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