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Press release: Colorado, Seattle Leaders to Brief Maryland Legislators on Marijuana Legalization

Colorado, Seattle Leaders to Brief Maryland Legislators on Marijuana Legalization

Leaders from states implementing taxation and regulation of marijuana sales join Maryland legislators, advocates at a news briefing Friday at 9 a.m. ET

ANNAPOLIS — State and city officials from Colorado and Washington, who oversaw the implementation of historic marijuana legalization laws, will brief the press on developments over the last year at a news conference at 9 a.m. ET in the House Environment and Transportation Committee Hearing Room. They will be joined by Maryland legislators and members of the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland who are advocating for legislation that would legally tax and regulate marijuana in the state.

Colorado State House Representative Jonathan Singer was one of only two state lawmakers to publicly endorse the initiative legalizing marijuana in that state. He sponsored successful legislation to create the first regulated recreational marijuana market including drug related child safety measures and placing a statewide proposition to tax marijuana on the ballot in 2013.

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, upon taking office in 2010, halted all prosecutions for marijuana possession. Holmes was one of the earliest sponsors of Washington’s Initiative 502 to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. I-502 passed statewide by a margin of about 12 points.

A majority of Maryland voters (53%) support regulating and taxing marijuana like alcohol, according to a survey conducted in September 2014 by Public Policy Polling. Only 38% said they were opposed. The full results are available at http://www.mpp.org/MDpoll.

WHAT: News conference at which key leaders from Colorado and Washington discuss developments on marijuana legalization in those states. In addition, Maryland legislators and members of the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland will discuss legislation to further reform and tax and regulate marijuana similar to alcohol.

WHEN: Friday, January 30, 2015 at 9 a.m. ET
WHERE: House Environment and Transportation Committee Hearing Room, Room 251, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD
WHO: Jonathan Singer, Colorado State House Representative
Pete Holmes, Seattle City Attorney
Delegate Curt Anderson
Neill Franklin, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Sara Love, American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland
Rachelle Yeung, Marijuana Policy Project
Darrell Carrington, Maryland Cannabis Industry Association

 

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