Legislative Affairs Committee Briefing: Cannabis Legalization Efforts in Maryland
MCCC’s Legislative Affairs Committee held a meeting on October 14, 2021, where they were joined by Maryland Delegate Kathleen Dumais. Delegate Dumais represents District 15 in Montgomery County and is the Vice-Chair of the House Economic Matters Committee.
Delegate Dumais, a member of the House Cannabis Referendum and Legalization Workgroup, provided a briefing on the expected efforts by the Maryland General Assembly to legalize the use of recreational cannabis. This topic is one of the issues that will dominate the news cycle during the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session.
The House Workgroup is addressing a myriad of issues related to the recreational use of cannabis, including regulatory licensing and oversight for the production, sale, and processing of cannabis, changes to existing criminal statute and traffic laws, fair racial representation in business ownership, and the expansion of addiction treatment services.
The State of Maryland legalized medical marijuana in 2012. Two years later, a decriminalization law took effect that replaced criminal penalties for possession of fewer than 10 grams with a civil fine. Since then, bills to legalize recreational cannabis use have been unsuccessful. Recreational cannabis is legal in approximately 18 states and the District of Columbia.
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