State Lawmakers Debate Bill Aimed at Legalizing Recreational Pot; Educators Resist Idea of Arming Teachers

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Marijuana legalization up for debate in Annapolis

Maryland lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize medical marijuana fully, among about two dozen cannabis-related measures that on the table this session. Full legalization for recreational use would require a state constitutional amendment, and the bill would bring the matter to a referendum before voters in this year's election. The proposal before the Maryland General Assembly would allow people 21 and older to use marijuana. [Baltimore Sun]

Rally against gun violence draws hundreds in Rockville

Hundreds gathered in Rockville on Sunday to rally for gun control measures. The event was organized by an anti-gun violence group and was held at the Unitarian Congregation of Rockville. The group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, is advocating for bills keeping guns away from convicted domestic abusers. The organizers said they will also participate next month in the March For Our Lives protest in D.C. [WJLA]

State educators to discuss school safety measures

Maryland's state superintendent is holding an emergency meeting of the Maryland Center for School Safety board to discuss school safety. The Monday evening meeting comes after the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people and after President Donald Trump suggested arming more school personnel. Few in local school communities have voiced support for the idea. [Baltimore Sun]

Prosecutors in case of murdered teacher play recorded jailhouse call

Montgomery County prosecutors on Friday played a crowded courtroom a recorded jailhouse phone call involving the man charged with murdering his pregnant girlfriend in September. In the call, Tyler Tessier says it's in his best interests to delay his trial, since people will gradually forget about the high-profile case. Prosecutors played the recording of the phone call to show that Tessier and his attorney are deliberately trying to delay the trial in the killing of Howard County teacher Laura Wallen. [WTOP]

Clouds to clear gradually later in the day

The day will start out cloudy and clear as it progresses, according to the National Weather Service. A high of 55 degrees is anticipated, with an overnight low of about 35 degrees. 

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