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Andrea Noble was a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times.

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In 1998, voters in the District approved the Medical Use of Marijuana Initiative. Last month, President Obama signed the D.C. appropriations bill that removed prohibitions. Advocates anticipate D.C. officials will follow the lead of states such as California and enact the 1998 measure into law. (The Washington Times)

D.C. Cannabis campaign to host marijuana seed exchange

It's only natural the District would see an increased interest in horticulture after it became legal last month to grow marijuana plants. But with the sale of marijuana still illegal, those budding green thumbs have a problem: where to get marijuana seeds? Published March 13, 2015

The Accessible Parking Amendment Act of 2012 would involve creating some 1,800 red-top meters such as this that are specifically designated for the disabled, but the devices were installed in such a haphazard manner that incoming transportation officials plan to remove a slew of them before advancing the program. (The Washington Times)

D.C. parking meters for drivers with disabilities cause confusion

Parking meters that were part of a program to reserve spaces for disabled drivers were installed in such a haphazard manner in the waning days of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration that incoming transportation officials plan to remove a slew of them before advancing the program. Published March 8, 2015

Brian Darling of Washington, D.C., takes his two daughters Julie, 5, and Kathleen, 2, sledding on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building as snow accumulates in the Washington region, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Eleanor Holmes Norton loses effort to allow sledding around Capitol

The U.S. Capitol grounds will remain sled-free Thursday. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat, was rebuffed in her request Wednesday that Capitol Police Board officials "have a heart" and issue a temporary waiver of the ban on sledding around the Congress for this weekend. Published March 4, 2015

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) ** FILE **

D.C. Council amends Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act

The D.C. Council on Tuesday tweaked an anti-discrimination law to ensure it didn't force employers to provide insurance coverage for abortions or other reproductive health care decisions they oppose on religious or moral grounds. Published March 3, 2015

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced a bill to clarify language in an anti-descrimination law to state that it does not require any specific type of insurance coverage. (Associated Press)

ACLU bristles at Bowser proposal for all-boys high school

With D.C. Public Schools graduating less than half of its black male high school students, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to close the achievement gap by establishing an all-boys high school earned high praise from lawmakers and educators when it was announced last month. Published February 24, 2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan greets state lawmakers before delivering his State of the State address Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan outlined plans for tax relief, charter schools and reforms to the state's legislative redistricting process. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Larry Hogan seeks to end property tax on Maryland small businesses

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday outlined a plan to cut taxes on small businesses — the Republican's latest tax-relief proposal that actually may be the most palatable for a Democratic-controlled legislature in a state striving to improve its business climate, analysts say. Published February 18, 2015