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Maryland House approves recreational marijuana legislation

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to let voters decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

The House voted 96-34 on Friday for the proposal, sending it to the Senate.

The House also voted 92-37 for a separate bill that includes initial steps that would be taken if voters approve.

However, issues relating to licensing and taxation would be taken up by lawmakers next year.

The Senate is considering a separate bill that would put a regulatory framework in place sooner without a constitutional amendment.

Under the House legislation, recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over would be legal July 1, 2023.