MARYLAND: Maryland lawmakers are set to get their first real whiff of marijuana legislation this session with hearings scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 25 on measures that look to lift or loosen the state’s ban on recreational use of the drug.
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) would make it legal for residents 21 years of age and older to possess, use and grow marijuana, which would be taxed and regulated like alcohol. Proponents say it would create revenue for the state and free up law enforcement officials to focus more time and resources on serious crimes.
“Marijuana arrests and prosecutions are costing us more than $100 million a year, and they are ruining the futures of thousands of our own citizens for doing something that our last four or five presidents readily admitted to doing themselves,” Raskin said. “Alcohol prohibition didn’t work, and marijuana prohibition is not working, and it’s time to have a serious discussion about it.”