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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Press Release: Bill to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Introduced in Maryland Legislature

Bill to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Introduced in Maryland Legislature Bill would make marijuana legal for adults, establish regulations for cultivation and sale * Statements below from representatives of the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland * ANNAPOLIS — A bill that would regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol was introduced in the Maryland General Assembly earlier today. HB 911, the Marijuana Control and Revenue Act of 2015, sponsored by Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City),…

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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…

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Gov. Martin O’Malley Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession in Maryland

SB 364 makes possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense; more than two-thirds of Maryland voters support stronger decriminalization legislation, and more than half of state voters support removing all penalties for adult marijuana possession * Statement below from the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland * ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill into law Monday making Maryland the 18th state in the nation to remove the threat of jail time for possession of small amounts…

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Congratulations and thank you to our many legislative allies on decriminalization victory!

On April 5, the Maryland House of Delegates voted 78-55 to impose civil fines, rather than possible jail time, on those possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana. This vote occurred mere days after the House Judiciary Committee gutted the decriminalization bill, S.B. 364, and replaced it with a task force, which would not even have reported its findings for almost two years. On April 7, the Senate concurred in the amendments in a 33-8 vote. Immediately after the Senate concurrence, Gov. Martin O'Malley…

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