Advocates of legalizing marijuana launched their effort Thursday to change the law in Maryland, calling the war on drugs a failure and pointing to growing public support for their cause.
A handful of Maryland lawmakers hope to push the state in the direction of Colorado, where recreational use of pot is regulated and taxed like alcohol. Advocates say that would generate about $150 million in tax dollars for Maryland each year.
Supporters compared the changing public attitude toward legalizing marijuana to the more recent embrace of same-sex marriage and the rejection of Prohibition policies more than 80 years ago.
"Continuation of the current policy is continuation of failure," said state Sen. Jamie Raskin
, a constitutional law professor at American University and a lead sponsor of the legalization effort. "It's part of a conversation that is taking place across the country and across the world." Read Full Article