Maryland Lawmakers Schedule Marijuana Legalization Hearing

Maryland Lawmakers Schedule Marijuana Legalization Hearing

Hearing on First-Ever Bill to Regulate and Tax Marijuana in Maryland to be Held March 19

ANNAPOLIS, MD – State lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on the first-ever bill to make marijuana legal for adults 21 and older in Maryland and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed like alcohol.

House Bill 1453, the bill sponsored by Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City) to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol, has been scheduled for a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 19.

If passed, the bill would make the private possession and home-cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older.

The bill would also direct the Maryland Comptroller to license marijuana retail stores, wholesale facilities, and testing facilities, and direct the Department of Agriculture to regulate the legal cultivation of industrial hemp.

Recreational marijuana would be subject to an excise tax of $50 per ounce on wholesale sales, in addition to standard state sales taxes paid by consumers. Tax revenue would go to fund treatment programs to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.

“Every objective study on marijuana has concluded that it is far less harmful than alcohol for the consumer and the surrounding community,” said Dan Riffle, a former prosecutor now serving as deputy director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project. “It is less toxic, less addictive, and, unlike alcohol, does not contribute to violent crimes and reckless behavior.”

Under the proposed legislation, it would remain illegal to use marijuana in public or drive under the influence of marijuana.

The bill allows cities and towns the right to regulate marijuana businesses.

Last November, voters in Colorado and Washington State approved measures making marijuana legal for adults 21 and older and directing state regulatory bodies to create regulations for businesses to cultivate and sell marijuana to adults.

Bills to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol have also been introduced this year in theHawaiiMaineRhode Island, and New Hampshire state legislatures, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Vermont are expected to bring forward similar legislation.

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  • mj

    Finally a smart approach. It’s going to be a crazy next 7 years of MJ legislation.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000821525284 Manny Carvajal

    Legalize marijuana in all 50 states and watch as revenue for each state goes through the roof and the burden lifted off the criminal justice system. We will no longer destroy people chances of securing a good career because the were arrested for a joint, marijuana legalization is the way to go and the American government is starting to realize it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003284307084 Muzzy Lu

    There might be a lot of legal issues with legalizing marijuana, but it should have never been made illegal in the first place! Marijuana works very well for pain management. Unless someone has tried cannabis for pain, they should not venture the opinion that it doesn’t work for medical purposes. Pain management with cannabis requires the right dosage. Using marijuana edibles is the right way to maintain pain reduction. This book has great recipes for edible marijuana that are easy, small and cheap to make: MARIJUANA – Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. Only 2.99. Learn to make marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints.

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  • cohara1103

    Dear, Politicians

    legalize cannabis, or we will

    sincerely,
    The Voters

  • tommyjames

    Finally our taxes are going somewhere. I’d much rather give the government money for pot rather than some bullshit public works project that never gets off the ground. We as Americ ans are on the verge of a golden egg here. We legalize weed and people get healthier, goverment gets funded, people are happy. And law enforcemt gets to go find the real criminals breaking the law.

  • tommyjames

    Finally our taxes are going somewhere. I’d much rather give the government money for pot rather than some bullshit public works project that never gets off the ground. We as Americ ans are on the verge of a golden egg here. We legalize weed and people get healthier, goverment gets funded, people are happy. And law enforcemt gets to go find the real criminals breaking the law.

  • Ahnlaashock

    The foundation of the legalization movement is putting the black market that sells to our children out of business and placing the adult legal supply behind the counter requiring a valid ID proving you are old enough to purchase it, to obtain it. If the federal bill passes, and this law passes, the black market is still in business and cross border smuggling is still in business, since the cartels can produce and sell for a lot less than the proposed taxes in some places. 50% of wholesale for the feds. 50$ to the state per ounce. Sales taxes, payroll taxes, fees, testing costs, packaging costs, labor costs, and making a profit. Legal cannabis will be more expensive? This makes no sense! One proposal is a zip tie that costs 100$ a year on every home grown plant, or that grow is illegal. The proposed taxes destroy the bedrock benefit of legalization for our society by making the black market people into heroes opposing oppressive government policies, when the goal was to put them out of business, increasing our children’s access, not limiting it.

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  • #Great Justice

    The domino effect has started with washington and colorado. pot is GREEN, cops are BLUE, we can get stoned, and so can YOU.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bill.otto.9 Bill Otto

      HAHA LOVE IT.

  • glen kophler

    it is about time I was hoping in my lifetime I am 62 years old