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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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