Members of Maryland General Assembly ponder over adult-use cannabis legalization

Members of Maryland General Assembly ponder over adult-use cannabis legalization
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Maryland’s 2022 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on April 12. With the session’s end looming ever closer, lawmakers in both chambers of the General Assembly are scurrying to accommodate three separate legislative efforts that seek to legalize adult-use cannabis statewide. On February 25, the House of Delegates approved House Bill 1 to launch a referendum that will enable voters to have their say on whether or not they wish to legalize recreational cannabis in Maryland via a constitutional amendment.  The referendum’s success would see HB 837 – which is being backed by Del. Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City) – be effectuated. Based on the details of HB 837, Marylanders aged 21 and older could possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis from July 2023. The proposed law also features legal cannabis policy steps that should be taken after the referendum’s passage. It focuses on a number of important areas, such as funding for minority and female-owned businesses, as well as cannabis taxing and licensing issues, the latter of which would be dealt with by lawmakers next year. Lawmakers have presented the Senate Finance Committee with two legislative proposals Lawmakers in Kentucky have had two different legislative proposals shoved under their noses in recent times, both of which harbor some serious appeal. One of those measures is Sen. Brian Feldman’s SB 833, which includes cannabis policy implementation guidelines, including the establishment of a system that properly taxes and regulates the market, in addition to a supportive program for people who’ve been hardest hit by cannabis criminalization. SB 833 seeks to update the Maryland Constitution to permit adults aged 22 and over to legally consume and possess two ounces of cannabis. If the referendum is passed, marijuana would be legalized across the state from July 2023. Contrastingly, Sen. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore City)…

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