Prosecutors confronting Maryland's marijuana law's challenges

A law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront. Under the law, possession of rolling papers, pipes and other marijuana accessories will remain a criminal offense. This means a person caught smoking a joint technically could be arrested for the rolling paper but not the marijuana inside. (AP/Capital) 

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Priebus preaches 'ground game' to Anne Arundel County GOP at Lincoln-Reagan Day event

The head of the Republican National Committee told more than 250 Anne Arundel GOPers Tuesday that the party could take back the state and become "the next Wisconsin" in the 2014 election. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, was the keynote speaker at the Anne Arundel County GOP's annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Celebration in Glen Burnie. (Capital)

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Rockville leaders vote 3-2 to support current ethics disclosures

The Rockville City Council is taking a stand against any attempt to soften statewide ethics requirements for public officials, even though the Maryland General Assembly took no action this year. Led by Councilman Tom Moore, Rockville council members voted 3-2 March 17 to send a letter to the Montgomery County delegation and leaders in Annapolis expressing the city’s support of the legislation as it stands. (Gazette)

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April 15 // Governor O’Malley Signs Jake’s Law

It was an emotional day in Annapolis for the family of a five-year-old boy killed in a distracted driving accident. Monday, Governor Martin O’Malley signed Jake’s Law. A 2011 crash killed five-year-old Jake Owen. The driver that struck Jake’s family car from behind was talking on his cell phone and only paid a $1,000 fine. His mother pushed for a new law in Jake’s name. Monday, the family was in Annapolis when the governor signed Jake’s law. Now a driver who causes injury or death while talking or texting can go to jail for up to a year and has to pay a $5,000 fine. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland governor signs legislation removing threat of jail for small amount of marijuana

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed legislation Monday to remove the threat of jail time for possession of small amounts of marijuana but cautioned against legalizing the drug, as Colorado and Washington state have done recently. (Wash. Post)

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Md. gubernatorial hopeful Brown calls for major increase in affordable housing program

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Anthony G. Brown (D) on Monday proposed a more than 10-fold increase in annual funding for a state-run affordable housing grant program, part of a larger plan he said seeks to “ensure that every Marylander has a place to call home.” (Wash. Post)

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In Md. attorney general’s race, Frosh picks up support from largest gay rights group

Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery) on Monday picked up an endorsement of his bid for Maryland attorney general from the state’s leading gay rights lobby. In a statement, Carrie Evans, executive director of Equality Maryland, said Frosh has been “a firm ally and leader” on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders. (Wash. Post)

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Ehrlich, Bentley hope to sway Republicans in executive race

Former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. urged several thousand primary voters to pick Steve Schuh for Anne Arundel county executive, saying Laura Neuman has no record as a committed Republican. Hours after the Schuh campaign put out a statement Monday on Ehrlich's letter, Neuman's campaign responded with its own announcement. She picked up the endorsement of former Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, praising her "brand of conservative Republican leadership." (Capital)

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