Maryland to study legalizing adult-use marijuana in 2020, signaling no action this year

Maryland lawmakers have formed a bipartisan group to study the possibility of legalizing recreational cannabis in 2020 via legislation or referendum.

The working group’s formation indicates that legalization legislation introduced earlier this month isn’t likely to pass this year, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Bills to legalize adult-use marijuana recently were introduced in the Maryland Senate and House, with hearings scheduled for Feb. 26 and March 6, respectively, according to legislative calendars.

House Speaker Michael Busch, a Democrat from Annapolis, was quoted as saying he wanted legislators to “understand all of the complexities of legalization” before moving forward.

The working group will examine the following, among other issues:

  • The best way to license and tax the industry.
  • How to ensure market participation by small businesses, women-owned enterprises and minority-owned companies.

Maryland is a little more than a year into a medical marijuana industry that generated nearly $100 million in sales in its first 12 months.

5 comments on “Maryland to study legalizing adult-use marijuana in 2020, signaling no action this year
  1. John Jameson on

    Legislators want to understand how to protect their lobbyists and best exploit legalization is more like it. This is all about who gets rich.

    • Jeff L on

      Yeah good point. The little guy has no chance of getting rich from marijuana .
      Atleast let people smoke it in an adult like manner.
      Stay home and relax and watch movies and get the munchies and laugh alot.
      Put people in a good mood without hangovers.
      What`s wrong with that?

    • Mark Henson on

      That’s the only reason why legislators want to make it legal completely opposite of why the People Want it legal

  2. jeff l on

    Reponsible people should be able to buy marijuana like they buy beer and wine.
    It should be decriminalized.
    Take a group of people smoking pot and then take a group of people drinking.
    I can promise you,you`ll have issues with the people drinking long before the people smoking pot.
    Plus it`s not going anywhere anytime soon .
    Let the state make its billions in taxes and make people happier.
    It`s a fact that when people smoke pot they drink less or not at all.
    No hangovers also.

  3. Starr on

    Why isn’t Maryland getting with the program? Baltimore is crime ridden,with alot of abandoned buildings and junkies in certain areas.The Mary Jane revenue can help clean all of that up.Get a full makeover like DC(not just Downtown)..Is it a ploy to keep people on opioids?have excuses to keep crime up?make no change at all to the city?what’s the point of decriminalization,if you can’t buy it legally?#LegalizethetreezMD


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