Maryland Senators Delay Vote On Marijuana Legalization Ballot Bill In Committee After Passing Complementary Measure

Maryland Senators Delay Vote On Marijuana Legalization Ballot Bill In Committee After Passing Complementary Measure
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Maryland senators on Wednesday took up a House-passed bill to put marijuana legalization on the state’s November ballot—but the committee couldn’t reach a consensus and decided to delay a vote so members can sort out their concerns. The inaction in the Senate Finance Committee comes a day after members amended and passed a complementary bill to set up rules for the program if voters ultimately approve the reform. But those rules would be rendered redundant if lawmakers fail to pass the ballot bill. Tuesday’s hearing involved complex legislating, as the panel had three bills on the agenda: Two that recently cleared the House and a separate Senate measure that would have created more specific regulations for an adult-use market pending voter approval of a legalization referendum. Members did not vote on HB 1, the ballot question bill, at Tuesday’s meeting; rather, they focused on revising the regulations legislation, SB 833, from Sen. Brian Feldman (D). The panel effectively replaced the original language of the Senate bill with much of HB 837, which is much more limited in scope and primarily concerns penalties and expungements issues. The Senate legislation was also amended to incorporate provisions of other cannabis bills that have been introduced this session. Then, facing an end-of-week deadline requiring lawmakers to pass bills through both chambers in order to maintain their ability to override a veto from the governor, the newly revised text of the Senate bill was inserted into HB 837. The committee passed that bill in amended form on Tuesday but left the ballot-specific legislation alone. It was expected to get a vote on Wednesday, but that didn’t happen, either. HB 1 was revised ahead of Wednesday’s hearing to specify on the proposed ballot question that legalization would take effect on July 1, 2023. But certain members raised…

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