Maryland lawmakers are debating a referendum bill that could place marijuana legalization on the November ballot.
Medical marijuana use is already legal in the state, but House Bill 1 would establish the ballot referendum to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use. If passed, it would go into effect on July 1, 2023.
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The bill’s sponsors said legalization is an economic opportunity for the state and local, minority-owned companies.
A companion bill, House Bill 837, would regulate the industry and expunge the records of people with marijuana possession convictions.
A Goucher poll released last March showed support for marijuana legalization in Maryland, with two-thirds of Marylanders voting yes.
Source: CBS Baltimore