- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The chances of Maryland legalizing marijuana are hazy, but advocates hope a little education will help clear the air.

On Friday, a delegation including a Colorado lawmaker and the city attorney for Seattle knocked on doors in Annapolis to try to raise awareness and answer questions that Maryland legislators might have about pot legalization.

Last year former Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a law decriminalizing small amounts of pot. Sen. Jamie Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat who has sponsored marijuana-related bills in the past, called the decriminalization a “dramatic step forward” for the state, but the goal this year was to turn it into a “legitimate industry.”

Only Colorado and Washington state have legalized pot, but nearly two dozen states have passed laws that allow marijuana use for medical reasons.

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