Marijuana bills, civil rights on week's agenda

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Two bills that would decriminalize marijuana will get their first hearing Tuesday in a Senate committee.

A bill filed by Sen. Robert Zirkin would make it a civil offense to possess less than 10 grams worth of marijuana, punishable by a $100 fine but no longer attached to any criminal charge. The other bill, filed by Sen. Jamie Raskin, would make marijuana possession legal for people 21 or older.

Also this week, CASA de Maryland and the NAACP will have a rally concerning immigrant and civil rights issues.

The rally starts at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lawyer's Mall in downtown Annapolis. Topics will include raising the minimum wage, equity for historically black colleges and universities, and home foreclosures.

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