Failure to vote on marijuana-decriminalization bills

Sure, they passed medical marijuana, the most restrictive version of it in the country, no less, but that's a small consolation when even the staid Baltimore Sun calls Maryland's arrest rate of African-Americans with marijuana the "new Jim Crow." And the real bummer is there were two bills on the table that would decriminalize pot-one completely, allowing users to grow their own, and a second, much more likely to pass, that would reduce it to a ticketable offense (allowing cops to continue searching people when they smell it). But the pusillanimous legislators simply failed to vote to repeal it. Sad to say: Jim Crow lives in Maryland.

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