Maryland looks to change up marijuana policies

State lawmakers are pushing to relax policies around marijuana possession while tightening others. 

Lawmakers in Maryland reevaluated some of the state’s marijuana policies this week, with the state Senate voting to increase the amount of pot that a person can carry without facing legal charges, but at the same time making it illegal to smoke marijuana as a driver or a passenger in a car. 


State lawmakers want to triple the limits of marijuana possession

In Maryland, state lawmakers want to triple the limits of marijuana possession before one incurs criminal penalties rather than civil.

Maryland state lawmakers want to triple the limits of marijuana possession that one may have on their person. The state Senate passed a bill Monday that would eliminate criminal penalties for possession of less than one ounce of weed. Currently, the limit is 10 grams. Offenders possessing less than that amount face only civil penalties. Larger amounts incur criminal charges.

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More medical marijuana dispensaries open in Maryland

Just over three months since the first few medical marijuana dispensaries opened their doors amid a shortage of products and some technical difficulties, more than 30 cannabis outlets have opened in Maryland.

The 34 dispensaries are maintaining regular hours and are located in all corners of the state, according to a review by The Sun. They are in a dozen counties and Baltimore City, with five more dispensaries licensed but not yet open in five jurisdictions.

There are 102 dispensaries approved by the state.

“The inspections of the additional dispensaries are continuing,” according to Jennifer White, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.


Maryland may put a cannabis legalization measure on this year’s ballot

Maryland voters may have a chance to decide whether or not to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana this year, if state legislators succeed in adding a referendum to the general election ballot in November.

The proposed ballot question would allow voters to legalize the possession of up to one ounce of weed by any adult, and would also establish a regulated, taxed retail sales market.


Plan to diversify Maryland medical marijuana market might boost white firms instead

For months, Maryland lawmakers have planned to address the lack of diversity in the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry by offering more licenses. A new round of licensing was supposed to give the black-owned firms that were all but shut out of the first round another chance to gain a foothold in the lucrative industry.

But the legislation lawmakers have now come up with favors companies that already hold licenses to grow and process marijuana. Only one of the 30 licenses awarded two years ago is held by a firm owned by African-Americans.


The right to grow industrial hemp could be coming to Maryland

Cannabis laws in Maryland have been gradually evolving over the past few years. In the latest developments, the right to grow industrial hemp could be coming to Maryland.

This change could pave the way for a stronger medical program and additional research.

Industrial Hemp in Maryland

Earlier today, the Maryland House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of a proposal to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp. The measure won by a landslide 136-1 majority.


Maryland: Legalizing marijuana and other pot proposals await action

Pot is hot for Maryland lawmakers in Annapolis this year.

The General Assembly is considering more than two dozen bills on marijuana — or cannabis, as the substance is called when used as a medicine.

For marijuana enthusiasts, full legalization for recreational purposes is at the top of the wish list. Bills in both the House and the Senate would put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to let voters decide whether to replace prohibition with a system of regulated sales and taxation.


This state could be next to vote on recreational marijuana

Could Maryland be the next domino to fall? This state could be next to vote on recreational marijuana.

Despite the federal government’s best efforts to deter states from cannabis legalization, another state could very well be on its way to legalizing the plant, as Maryland has begun the process of potentially implementing a new bill that would legalize recreational cannabis throughout the state. That’s right: this state could be next to vote on recreational marijuana.

Is Maryland Next?


Maryland can give minorities a helping hand in entering legal marijuana market

Discrimination in Maryland's broader business climate would justify giving minority- and women-owned businesses preference for entering the state-regulated medical marijuana market, according to a report released Wednesday.

The long-awaited report, ordered by Gov. Larry Hogan, R, gives lawmakers the justification they need to pass legislation to help more minorities break into the industry.

Pending legislation would set aside five new marijuana cultivation licenses for minority-owned businesses, and put a pause on any other new licenses for as long as a decade.


Here's how to fix Maryland’s medical marijuana program

It’s no surprise that an effort to overhaul Maryland’s medical marijuana law and to help bring more diversity to the roster of state licensed growers is proving contentious. There’s far too much money at stake for it to be any other way.

Nonetheless, there is no reason lawmakers can’t move forward quickly with a bill that addresses the broadly shared goals of bringing minority-owned firms into the lucrative industry while providing adequate supplies and protections for patients. Indeed, there’s every reason they should.


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