Democratic gubernatorial candidates express support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana

All six Democratic candidates running for governor—Rushern Baker, Alec Ross, Krish Vignarajah, Rich Madaleno, Jim Shea and Ben Jealous—said at a debate Thursday they’d support legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Baker, who tied with Jealous as front-runners in a recent poll, said legalization would take time and that it wouldn’t happen for at least three or four years. Jealous said he’d like to legalize marijuana as a way to raise revenue to pay for social services he’d like to expand. [Baltimore Sun]

Washington Post begins publishing profiles about county executive candidates

The paper so far has published biographical articles about Democratic Montgomery County executive candidates Roger Berliner, a County Council member; David Blair, a Potomac businessman; and state Del. Bill Frick (D-Bethesda).

Silver Spring man pleads guilty to child sex trafficking

A former Silver Spring resident pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of sex trafficking of a minor for trafficking two girls, ages 15 and 17. Roland Chick Akum, 25, was arrested as part of a federal undercover operation targeting the website Backpage. Akum, a citizen of Cameroon, had attempted to flee to the African nation after posting bond, but was taken into custody before he could leave. [Associated Press]

Gaithersburg named top city for STEM workers

The city ranked No. 6 on a list compiled by of the best cities for workers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The website analyzed data from more than 2,000 cities and towns and ranked them based on the number of jobs in those fields and the median income of the jobs. [MyMCMedia]

Sunny, clear Friday

The National Weather Service expects Friday to be sunny with a high near 82 degrees and a clear night with a low dropping to around 62.

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