Several Maryland Politicians Introduce Bills to Legalize Marijuana

Two bills filed in the Maryland legislature this week would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

Bills were filed in both the Maryland House and Senate to legalize recreational marijuana this week. Like most other states, it would allow anyone 21 or older to possess and use marijuana legally, and allow people to grow cannabis in their own home. While it's not clear whether these bills will be passed, both the state House Speaker and Senate President have offered tepid endorsements for legalization, with both acknowledging that recreational legalization is an inevitability.

"Whether you support it or whether you don’t support it personally, I think that’s the future," said Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch. “I think you’re going to see the country go to legalizing recreational marijuana and, you know, it’ll be much like overturning prohibition."

There's been some momentum for recreational marijuana legalization in Maryland recently. Legislators are putting together a working group to figure out how best to proceed with legalization. And Baltimore's top prosecutor recently announced that they would no longer be prosecuting marijuana crimes. 

The big question is whether Maryland Governor Larry Hogan would approve marijuana legislation. The Republican Governor has said in the past that he thinks legalization is worth looking at, but he's also said he doesn't think now is the right time to do so. But we have no idea if a bill was passed by the state legislature and landed on his desk whether or not he would sign it.

(h/t Marijuana Moment)

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