A Comprehensive Plan to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana in Maryland
Marijuana's time as a controlled, illegal substance has run its course. Marijuana laws ruin lives, are enforced with racial bias, and distract law enforcement from serious and violent crimes. Marijuana criminalization costs our state hundreds of millions of dollars every year without making us any safer.
A Maryland with legalized, regulated, and taxed marijuana will mean safer communities, universal early childhood education, and fewer citizens unnecessarily exposed to our criminal justice system.
Generate Much-Needed Revenue
Legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana will provide Maryland with a dedicated revenue stream to make overdue and critical investments in early childhood education. Our plan will help ensure that prekindergarten is available to all children in the state.
Enhance Public Safety
The excessive criminalization of marijuana has ruined lives, made our communities less safe, and wasted valuable law enforcement resources. Exposing this underground industry to the light of day by legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana will save money and prevent people from becoming unnecessarily entangled in the criminal justice system.
Realize Additional Benefits
We stand to create jobs through legalizing and regulating marijuana in Maryland, while also gaining benefits for our communities, medical patients, and the environment.
Build a Sound Regulatory System
Maryland can create a sound marijuana regulatory framework that generates much-needed revenue, strictly regulates marijuana like alcohol, and grants local government and community groups a strong voice in the implementation process.