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It is an unintended consequence for the states that have legalized pot: More children showing up in emergency rooms. But it's not for smoking pot -- it's eating it.
In November, D.C. voters get to cast their ballots on the legalization of marijuana. And if local parents in the metro area are putting off that drug talk, experts say it's time to start.
At least for the time being, it's no longer a criminal offense to carry a joint in your pocket in most of the nation's capital.
The battle over the District's law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana has a new front, with the proposal of a local campaign that may ebb criticism from some House Republicans.
D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells is calling on the D.C. Council to pass a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
A majority of D.C. City Council members and Mayor Vince Gray support removing local criminal penalties for marijuana possession, and that could lead to hundreds fewer arrests each year.
Adolescents who smoke pot regularly may suffer long-term problems, including permanent brain damage. However, according to a study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the same isn't true for adult smokers.
Maryland lawmakers are already at work drafting bills on issues dealing with substance abuse and public safety.
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