Bill Would Regulate & Tax Marijuana Like Alcohol In Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—Maryland lawmakers consider a bill to legalize marijuana for sale to adults 21 and older. It’s the latest in a series of proposals over the controversial drug. Pat Warren has more on the pros and cons. Up to now, it’s been mostly a medical issue in Annapolis, but momentum is growing in the areas of public safety, civil liberty and money for the state. That first legal toke in Colorado fires debate in Maryland over whether it is good public policy to legalize marijuana. Supporters…

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Maryland lawmakers launch effort to legalize marijuana

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The push for legalizing marijuana advanced Thursday as a group of state lawmakers announced their intention to introduce legislation soon. According to the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland , the Marijuana Control Act of 2014 would “make the personal use, possession, and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older; establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol; and allow for the cultivation, processing,…

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McIntosh adds powerful voice to legal marijuana movement

Baltimore Sun Baltimore Del. Maggie McIntosh joined the chorus of powerful legislators supporting legalized marijuana in Maryland. In a Friday email to supporters, McIntosh identified the legalizing pot as one of four "the biggest, most important issues" facing the General Assembly this year. "Our current drug prohibition laws are wasteful and counterproductive, taking resources away from combating drug violence and promoting treatment options for those suffering with addiction," wrote McIntosh,…

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Long-serving Maryland Senate president says he supports legalization of marijuana

Washington Post The move to legalize marijuana in Maryland has a powerful ally: Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Miller (D-Calvert), who has presided over his chamber for more than a quarter century, said in an interview Friday that he would support legislation allowing the regulated sale of marijuana, similar to what is now taking place in Colorado. “I favor the legalization and taxation of marijuana, with restrictions,” Miller said, adding that he thinks his position will only…

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Tide shifting toward legalizing marijuana in Maryland

Carroll County Times ANNAPOLIS — The road to legalizing recreational use of marijuana would be a tough battle even if the governor supported it. Wednesday, on the first day of the legislative session, Gov. Martin O’Malley voiced a strong opposition to the recreational use of marijuana, on a Baltimore radio program.  Read Full Article

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