Maryland Lawmakers Take First Step Toward Putting Marijuana Legalization On 2022 Ballot
A Maryland House working group tasked with studying marijuana and preparing a legalization referendum that the speaker wants to put on next year’s ballot met for the first time on Wednesday, with members discussing the history of reform throughout the country. The 10-member group, which was appointed by House Speaker Adrienne Jones (D) earlier this year, will be looking at the issue from a variety of perspectives as lawmakers continue to pursue reform in the Free State. At Wednesday’s meeting, the panel talked about their plans to work over the next year crafting legislation to implement a regulated marijuana market so it will be ready for the 2023 session if voters approve the legalization referendum next November.
Cannabis laws have “had a disparate impact on people of color for far too long with no real impact on public safety,” Rep. Luke Clippinger (D), chair of the workgroup, said, adding that members “will establish the legal framework that’s necessary to fully implement the legalization of marijuana and learn from the mistakes that other states have made before us.” Other members of the House Cannabis Referendum and Legalization Workgroup include Majority Leader Eric Luedtke (D), Minority Leader Jason Buckel (R), Legislative Black Caucus Chair Darryl Barnes (D) and other top lawmakers. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,200 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 get access. — “We applaud Speaker Jones’ commitment to referring legalization to voters in 2022. It is also encouraging that the House workgroup will begin meeting well ahead of the 2022…