Maryland state lawmakers announced last week that the legislature will turn to the voters on the issue of cannabis policy reform by placing a marijuana legalization measure on the statewide ballot next year. Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones said in a statement on Friday that she would establish a legislative work group in the fall to begin studying the issues surrounding cannabis legalization.

“While I have personal concerns about encouraging marijuana use, particularly among children and young adults, the disparate criminal justice impact leads me to believe that the voters should have a say in the future of legalization,” Jones said in a statement. “The House will pass legislation early next year to put this question before the voters but we need to start looking at changes needed to State law now.”

Maryland Work Group To Study Cannabis Legalization

The work group will examine aspects of marijuana legalization including the rules for possessing and purchasing legal cannabis, licensing and oversight of cannabis businesses, taxes assessed on the industry and the number of cannabis business licenses issued by the state. The lawmakers appointed to the group will also consider social equity proposals, including expunging or sealing past convictions for marijuana offenses

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