Draft Of Legalized Pot Bill Calls For Taxes, Potency ratings

MARYLAND:  Curious what legalized pot would look like in Maryland?

Advocates for recreational marijuana intend to introduce a detailed plan as soon as Wednesday that would rely on the state comptroller to heavily regulate and tax pot  – at about $50 an ounce to start.

Retailers would not be allowed to sell it anyone under 21 years old and couldn’t make a sale of more than an ounce, according to a draft of the bill obtained by The Baltimore Sun. Every bit of marijuana sold would come with a warning label and a potency rating.

Under the proposal, the state would limit the number of growers, who couldn’t sell directly to the public, as well as the number of retailers.

Conventional wisdom around the State House suggests it is unlikely lawmakers will follow in the footsteps of Colorado and approve legalized marijuana this year – Gov. Martin O’Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch are not backing the idea. But proponents are determined to begin the conversation.

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