The Maryland General Assembly convened its 2021 legislative session on Wednesday, January 13.

A comprehensive legalization bill, HB 32 — The Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, Inclusion, Restoration, and Rehabilitation Act of 2021, was introduced and championed by Delegate Jazz Lewis. You can check out a full summary of the legislation 
here. On the Senate side, Senator Brian Feldman introduced a separate bill, SB 708. The differences in the two bills are highlighted here.

Unfortunately, neither bill was taken up in committee before the March 22 crossover deadline—bills need to pass in one chamber of the legislature by crossover day in order to be guaranteed consideration in the other chamber before session ends.

With the legislature unwilling to take up legalization this year, the focus now shifts to laying groundwork to pass legalization in 2022.