Cumberland Times-News

February 21, 2014

Brown discusses measures on marijuana

Lieutenant governor supports small steps toward decriminalization, wants to learn from other states

Brian Witte
Associated Press

— ANNAPOLIS — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Friday that Colorado and Washington state should be applauded for moving ahead with legalizing marijuana but he wants to learn more about what happens in those states before he would support legalizing it in Maryland.

Brown, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, talked about measures relating to marijuana during a meeting with Baltimore lawmakers.

“There is a growing level of support in Maryland and this country for the legalization of marijuana, and so I applaud Colorado in the sense that we now have the benefit of observing the results of their decision ... what the pitfalls and problems may be, so that whatever we might ultimately do, if that’s the direction we go in, there may very well be best practices,” Brown said in an interview after the meeting.

Still, Brown underscored that he is not ready to endorse full legalization in Maryland yet. He said he is advocating a “slow-as-we-go” approach.

“I’m at the red light checking the intersection,” the lieutenant governor said.

Brown said he firmly supports decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Law enforcement