Bill to Legalize Marijuana Introduced in Maryland

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director February 21, 2013

    Hot on the heels of the introduction of a bill to tax and regulate marijuana in Maine earlier today, Delegate Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore) has filed legislation in Maryland that would end his state’s prohibition on marijuana and regulate its possession, use, and sale for adults over the age of 21.

    House Bill 1453 would create a system to regulate and tax cannabis in a manner similar to how the state handles alcohol. It would instruct the Maryland comptroller to license marijuana retail stores, wholesale facilities and testing facilities and apply an excise tax of $50 per ounce on wholesale sales. The excise tax revenue would go to fund treatment programs to prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. You can read the full text of this proposal here.

    If you live in Maryland, please take a moment and use NORML’s Take Action Center here to easily contact your Representative and urge him or her to support this important legislation.

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    The winds of reform are blowing strongly at our backs, with Maryland entering the fray, there is currently a total of six states (Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont) with pending legislation to legalize marijuana for adult consumption. Check out the full list of pending state legislation here and find out if your state is considering marijuana law reforms in this legislative session.

    97 responses to “Bill to Legalize Marijuana Introduced in Maryland”

    1. Tim says:

      Well that’s a start.

    2. Taylor Applegarth says:

      Think of all the rural farmland that cam be regenerated through such a “green” plant, and cities like Baltimore Annapolis and salisbury needing this leave way to continue a better life for all ages, plus all the rich waterfront summer home owners that will want to smoke when they come down, and then there is all the beach traffic that wont have to go through the pains of being stopped in easton on their way to the beaches in Maryland for bringing some pot to the shore for vacationing. Woo we wouldn’t have that stigma of being handcuffed on your way to the beach!

    3. Evening Bud says:

      That’s a pretty damned good start.

    4. Ben says:

      “…and apply an excise tax of $50 per ounce on wholesale sales.”

      It is a ~good start.

      To get the most value for our commodity
      we would, therefore, need to maximize its potency and usefulness.

      Still, that price is a helluva lot cheaper than the legal turmoil it casts upon the upstanding citizens who choose to partake…

    5. Zachary A. Griffith says:

      ~a tax i would love to pay. We could generate a large sum of money through taxation. Also eliminating prosecution, arrest and confinement cost associated with. Go Maryland Bill 1453

    6. Shanaynay says:

      When would this be voted on, does anybody know?

    7. ~a tax i would love to pay. We could generate a large sum of money through taxation. Also eliminating prosecution, arrest and confinement cost associated with. Go Maryland Bill 1453~

    8. jo jo says:

      This is fantastic news. Maryland has some of the best farmlands that currently grow substantial amounts of corn. I am no botanist, but I could see how the plants grow similarly. That being a marijuana plant comparing to the Corn stock. It’s shocking that there is no medical clause in this bill. Being that Maryland holds some of the nations top hospitals (http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/md). Seventy to be precise. This plant can bring great therapeutic and healing properties to many patients as seen current medical states of California.

    9. TheOracle says:

      Well, I hope they do it in Maryland.

      Then Pennsylvanians will bitch, piss and moan about all the money states around us are making like what happened with casino gambling. People were voting with their feet, cars and by motor coach to go to New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia to gamble at their casinos and play slot machines at their race tracks. Finally the Pennsylvania politicians decided to pull their heads out of their asses, and legalized casino gambling in the state to keep Pennsylvania money in Pennsylvania, and the state gets a nice cut off the top.

      Pennsylvania can never be an early adopter of things that make perfect sense. They always have to fuck it up something bad for years before doing the right thing.

    10. kjgear says:

      I would never be so happy to pay a tax then I would for this. It might even make me break out in song, dance even. >:-D