This year’s cannabis legalization effort got its first test in the court of public opinion Tuesday, and is already undergoing some significant changes. The Maryland House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on House Bill 32 (HB32), the latest of the yearly attempts by state legislators to fully legalize the possession, cultivation and use of marijuana. The legislation sets forth parameters for legal recreational cannabis production and sales in the state, and also proposes a robust framework for expanding economic opportunities for Black and brown residents and repairing some of the damage done to minority communities that are disproportionately affected by the drug’s criminalization.
Md. stakeholders call for compromise, consistency in 2021 cannabis legalization effort
February 18, 2021