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Legalizing recreational marijuana in Maryland

Bill puts question to voters in November 2022
Recreational Marijuana
Posted at 6:15 PM, Jan 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-11 18:08:04-05

BALTIMORE — Maryland lawmakers want to put recreational marijuana on the ballot this November.

Delegate Luke Clippinger (D-District 46) sponsored House Bill 1, which adds an amendment to the state constitution, making it legal to possess cannabis for Maryland residents 21 and older.

At that general election, a question substantially similar to the following shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the State:
“Question ___ – Constitutional Amendment
Do you favor the legalization of adult–use cannabis in the State of Maryland?”

And Delegate Clippinger is already planning ahead, for what lawmakers need to start working on if this passes.

"We will get ready for the 2023 legislative session, when we can deal with the regulatory aspects, the criminal justice impacts and a number of other details that go into the legalization of recreational cannabis," he says.

One of those other details, is equity.

Marijuana Boom
Marijuana plants are pictured at the Baker's marijuana nursery at Baker Medical Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Senator Jill Carter said of the equity piece, "There's a great deal of talk and need for equity and reparations around passage of this. Meaning that we know that certain communities and individuals have been targeted, mainly Black people in poor neighborhoods have been targeted by the criminalization of marijuana. And we need to make sure that we repair the damage there and that we avail them first of opportunities to now participate in the legal enterprise."

Clippinger agrees.

"It's impacted communities of color for far too long," he says.