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Maryland marijuana measure prioritizes social equity

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is steering toward a recreational marijuana industry with greater social equity, with licenses for minority-owned businesses and proceeds directed to areas adversely impacted by the war on drugs. Lawmakers said Friday that the measure before the General Assembly will enable the state's existing medical marijuana businesses to sell recreational cannabis as well _ if they pay a new fee based on the size of the […]

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Voters in 5 states decide whether to legalize marijuana

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Voters in five states are deciding this Election Day whether to approve recreational marijuana. The proposals going before voters in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota on Tuesday could signal a major shift toward legalization in even the most conservative parts of the country. The proposals follow President Joe Biden's announcement that he'll pardon thousands of Americans convicted of simple possession. Recreational marijuana […]

today11/08/2022 7

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Recreational marijuana bill advances in Maryland House

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House has advanced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, if voters approve a constitutional amendment in November. The House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to two separate bills. The first would put the matter on the ballot. The second includes steps that would be taken on moving forward if voters approve, though issues relating to licensing and taxation would be taken up next […]

today02/25/2022 10

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Marijuana legislation announced by Maryland House leadership

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have announced legislation that they say will put the state on an equitable path to legalized adult recreational marijuana, if voters approve it in November. House Speaker Adrienne Jones says the bill introduced Thursday would create an implementation plan. The measure sets out to address criminal justice and public health issues, while also building a foundation for social equity in the industry. The bill […]

today02/04/2022 6

Entertainment

Marijuana legalization proposed in Maryland Legislature

Advocates say a bill essentially legalizing recreational use of cannabis in Maryland would be an important step toward addressing social equity and racial injustices. HB32 would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana, referred to as cannabis in the bill, for adults 21 and older and also allow for expungement and release for individuals previously arrested or incarcerated. Bill sponsor Del. Jazz Lewis of Prince George's argued at the hearing that the […]

today02/24/2021 11

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DE Auditor: Legalizing pot could generate $43M in tax revenue

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A report from Delaware's state auditor said that legalizing and taxing marijuana could bring in $43 million a year in revenue. The News Journal reports that the estimate was released Monday by Auditor Kathy McGuiness. The report estimates that 13% of adults in Delaware would use marijuana. That's based on data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The report assumes that there would […]

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