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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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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