Marijuana prohibition has been just as ineffective, inefficient, and problematic as alcohol prohibition was in the 1920s and 1930s. It has burdened otherwise law-abiding Marylanders with criminal records for using a substance that is safer than alcohol, unfairly targeted people of color, diverted law enforcement resources from tackling real crimes, and handed over tax revenue to an underground — and sometimes dangerous — criminal market. Most Marylanders and Americans agree: It’s time for a smarter, more humane approach. Regulating and taxing cannabis will generate tens of millions of dollars for the state and create legitimate, tax-paying jobs.

These resources will help you make the case that it’s past time for a new approach.

Fact Sheets

Review of State Laws to Regulate Marijuana (PDF)
Cannabis and Racial Justice (PDF)
Top Ten Reasons to End Marijuana Prohibition (PDF)
Gateway Theory Debunked (PDF)
Regulating Marijuana and Protecting Youth (PDF)
National Studies on Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana (PDF)
The Benefits of Taxing and Regulating Marijuana (PDF)

Lessons from Other States

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.”

Life After Legalization (PDF)


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.