Press Release: Goucher Poll Finds 58% Support for Making Cannabis Legal in Maryland

Goucher Poll Finds 58% of Marylanders Support Making Cannabis Legal, Up From 54% in 2016 and 52% in 2015 Statement below from the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition BALTIMORE — A Goucher College poll released early Monday morning shows a strong and growing majority of Marylanders think it is time to end cannabis prohibition. The survey of 776 Maryland residents found 58% support making cannabis legal, up from 54% in 2016 and 52% in 2016. Just 36% are opposed, down from 39% in 2016 and 44%…

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Press Release: Maryland Legislature to Consider Regulating and Taxing Cannabis Similarly to Alcohol

Senate and House bill sponsors will roll out the legislation at a news conference TODAY at1 p.m. in the House Office Building (Room 180) * Bill details and statements below from Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., Sen. William C. Smith Jr., Del. David Moon, and Del. Mary Washington * ANNAPOLIS, Md. — State lawmakers are rolling out legislation Monday that would regulate and tax cannabis similarly to alcohol in Maryland. Senate and House bill sponsors will discuss the details of the proposal at a news…

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Press Release: Md. Lawmakers Override Veto of Marijuana Paraphernalia Decriminalization

Maryland Legislature Overrides Gov. Hogan’s Veto of Bill Intended to Fix State’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law; New Poll Shows Most State Voters Support Broader Reform SB 517 removes criminal penalties for possession of marijuana paraphernalia, which was not included in the 2014 law that decriminalized simple marijuana possession  53% of Maryland voters support regulating marijuana like alcohol, according to new Gonzales Research poll ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House and Senate voted 86-55 and 29-17…

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Press Release: Marijuana Decriminalization Fix Bill Passes General Assembly, Heads to Governor’s Desk

Marijuana Decriminalization Fix Bill Passes General Assembly, Heads to Governor’s Desk * Statements below from legislators, coalition leaders * ANNAPOLIS — Legislation to remove criminal penalties for possession of marijuana paraphernalia was approved by the General Assembly with bipartisan support in both chambers prior to the close of the legislative session on Monday. SB 517 was passed by a vote of 32-13 in the Senate last week and will now go to the desk of Gov. Larry Hogan for approval. Sponsors…

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Tom Coale: Cut Waste, Increase Revenue, Legalize Marijuana

Tom Coale Center Maryland February 18, 2015 Regardless of what cuts Governor Hogan and the legislature agree to this year, inertia and lack of political courage are likely to protect one obvious instance of waste: the remnants of Maryland’s war on weed.  This is despite the fact that marijuana is a drug that most Americans, and most Marylanders, believe should be legal.  While enforcing prohibition, black markets have flourished, lives have been ruined, and Maryland has fostered a “criminal…

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