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Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) this week said he’s opposed to laws legalizing marijuana.

While Maryland legislators are expected to take up several proposals to legalize the drug this year, the Democratic minority whip said he’s concerned it’s a gateway to harsher narcotics.

“I’m not a proponent of the legalization of marijuana,” Hoyer said Thursday during a taping of C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program, which will air Sunday.

The position puts Hoyer on the same page as Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), but at odds with a recent shift in public opinion.

O’Malley said earlier in the week that he’s “not much in favor” of the legalization proposals members of the state’s General Assembly plan to introduce in both chambers this year.

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