Voters in eight states have enacted laws to replace marijuana prohibition with sensible regulation for adults 21 and older. We’ve had several years to see how regulating marijuana like alcohol is working. Colorado and Washington — which were the first two states to regulate marijuana, in 2012 — have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and created tens of thousands of jobs. And, as a report from the Cato Institute noted, “The absence of significant adverse consequences [from these laws] is especially striking given the sometimes dire predictions made by legalization opponents.”
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Support for marijuana legalization in Maryland is strong — and increasing. A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll conducted in September 2016 showed that 61% of Marylanders — and 64% of likely voters — support ending marijuana prohibition.
National support for legalization is now at 64%, but an even larger majority of Americans believe that the federal government should let states decide their own marijuana policies. A 2017 survey by Quinnipiac found that 73% of voters oppose federal interference with state marijuana laws, meaning many who oppose legalization still believe that the decision should be left up to states.