is dedicated to ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a system in which cannabis regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.
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The Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition is a group of like-minded organizations and individuals who are committed to ending the failed policy of cannabis prohibition in the Free State.
We approach the issue from many perspectives, but we all agree that regulating cannabis like alcohol would be far better than the status quo. We hope you’ll join us.
Cannabis prohibition does far more harm than good, and that’s why a majority of Maryland residents support ending it.
Cannabis prohibition has been disproportionately targeted at communities of color, and criminal records make it difficult to access many government services or even to get jobs, housing, or further one’s education.
Drug dealers don’t card. Moving cannabis sales into state-licensed outlets would allow for strict regulations against selling to people under 21 years of age.
We need child-resistant packaging, testing products for mold or other contaminants, clear labeling with potency and serving sizes, and bans on certain products.
Regulating cannabis like alcohol will create thousands of good-paying jobs in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, and many other fields and bring in over $180 Million per year in taxes.
"Neither adult use legalization bill introduced in Maryland has advanced ahead of today’s crossover deadline, meaning the legislature is not ready to move forward with legalization this year. However, bill sponsors are working on amendments that could be considered after crossover to set the stage for equitable legalization next year," said Olivia Naugle, MPP's legislative analyst.
"We are disappointed in the inaction to legalize cannabis for adult-use in Maryland this year. This means another year of Marylanders being subjected to the harms of prohibition—including thousands of life-altering stops, searches, and arrests for cannabis," said Olivia Naugle, MPP's legislative analyst.