By Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state delegate who’s running for governor is planning a rally with marijuana reform advocates before she urges other lawmakers to decriminalize the drug.

Del. Heather Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat, is the lead sponsor of a bill that would make pot possession a civil offense, punishable by a $100 fine instead of arrest. Offenders under age 21 would receive drug education.

Mizeur is also sponsoring a marijuana legalization bill.

The rally will run from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday on Lawyers Mall in Annapolis. Speakers from several nonprofit groups are scheduled to join lawmakers who support marijuana reforms.

The House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on both bills starting at 1 p.m.



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