Top Maryland Lawmaker Pledges To Put Marijuana Legalization On 2022 Ballot

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A top Maryland lawmaker on Friday pledged that lawmakers will pass a bill to put the question of marijuana legalization before voters as a referendum on the 2022 ballot. And she’s formed a cannabis working group to assess the best way to structure the reform. House Speaker Adrienne Jones (D) said that while she has “personal concerns about encouraging marijuana use, particularly among children and young adults, the disparate criminal justice impact leads me to believe that the voters should have a say in the future of legalization.” “The House will pass legislation early next year to put this question before the voters but we need to start looking at changes needed to State law now,” she said in a press release. To that end, Jones has appointed a 10-member working group to study a range of issues related to legalizing and regulating cannabis. Legalization legislation did begin to move through the legislature this session, but no votes were ultimately held. The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing in March on a legalization bill sponsored by top lawmakers, including the body’s president, majority leader and key committee chairs. That followed a House Judiciary Committee hearing on a separate cannabis proposal in February. Lawmakers had worked to reconcile the differences between the two proposals in the hopes of getting something to the desk of Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who has not endorsed legalization but has signaled he may be open to considering the idea. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,100 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to…

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