Recreational Marijuana Bill Sails Through Maryland House, Sales Expected To Begin In JulyPosted by On

As expected, the Maryland House approved a measure on Friday that will create a legal framework and tax structure to enable recreational cannabis to be sold in stores as soon as July 1. The House vote was 103-32. The bill will now be sent to the Senate, which is moving forward with a separate measure.

Though Maryland voters overwhelmingly approved marijuana legalization in the November midterms, lawmakers left details about implementation to be decided this session.

“You might not have agreed with marijuana or the vote that our citizens took, but they took it, so it’s now our obligation to create an adult-use program,” said Del. C.T. Wilson, the chair of the House Economic Matters Committee. “And it’s our duty to ensure that Marylanders can receive the benefit of ownership in this industry, that citizens can have access to safe and effective cannabis without fear of adverse health effects or violence.”

Huge Support For Legalization

Under the constitutional amendment, which received 67% of the vote, adults over 21 will be able to legally possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis on July 1. A household will also be allowed to grow up to two pot plants.

The measure that passed Friday creates a hybrid license structure that will allow existing medical cannabis growers, processors and dispensaries to also sell to recreational users. 

Gov. Wes Moore has called the cannabis bill “a well-crafted piece of legislation” and said he is “looking forward to future…

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