The seven major candidates vying to replace Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in 2015 expressed a broad range of views on marijuana decriminalization and legalization.
Dozens of uniformed law enforcement officials showed up at the state capital to push back against advancing efforts to loosen Maryland’s marijuana laws.
The Maryland Senate voted in favor of legislation to lessen the penalty for possession and use of small amounts of marijuana in the state.
The legalization bill before Maryland lawmakers delves into an area left untouched by the laws in Colorado and Washington, where legalization has created a paradoxical scenario for people dealing with the consequences of having once been convicted of an offense that is no longer against the law.
Dozens of people testifying before Maryland lawmakers called for an end to the state’s battle against marijuana, one part of the decades-long national war on drugs that supporters of legalization say has done more harm than good.
Maryland lawmakers are set to get their first real whiff of marijuana legislation this session with hearings scheduled on measures that look to lift or loosen the state’s ban on recreational use of the drug.
The proposed Marijuana Control Act of 2014 would make it legal for Maryland residents to possess, use and grow marijuana, which would be regulated and taxed like alcohol.