Marijuana prohibition has been just as ineffective, inefficient, and problematic as alcohol prohibition was in the 1920s and 1930s. It has burdened otherwise law-abiding Marylanders with criminal records for using a substance that is safer than alcohol, unfairly targeted people of color, diverted law enforcement resources from tackling real crimes, and handed over tax revenue to an underground — and sometimes dangerous — criminal market. Most Marylanders and Americans agree: It’s time for a smarter, more humane approach. Regulating and taxing marijuana will generate tens of millions of dollars for the state and create legitimate, tax-paying jobs.
These resources will help you make the case that it’s past time for a new approach.
- MCPC Opposes Re-criminalizing Public Consumption
- 2015 Marijuana Policy Scorecard
- 2015 Legislation and Key Votes
- The Maryland War on Marijuana In Black and White
- Effective Arguments for Taxing and Regulating Marijuana
- Top Ten Reasons to Tax and Regulate Marijuana
- New Approaches to Marijuana Regulation
- It’s a Fact: Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol
- Federal Enforcement Policy on State Marijuana Laws
- Regulation Works!
- Medical Marijuana in Other States
- Decriminalization in Other States
- Summary of Maryland Bill to Tax and Regulate Marijuana