Legislation to Legalize Marijuana Prefiled in Maryland

Legislation that would put the legalization of marijuana to a vote of the people next year in Maryland has been prefiled by Delegate Luke Clippinger.

The constitutional amendment – House Bill 1 – has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, which Clippinger is the chair of. If it makes its way through the state’s legislature, it would be placed on the November, 2022 general election ballot.

House Speaker Adrienne Jones has said that lawmakers “will pass legislation early next year” to put marijuana legalization to a vote of the people, likely referring to this newly filed measure.

Senate President Bill Ferguson said in July that marijuana reform is “beyond past due”, indicating that its chances of being heard in both the House and Senate is quite high.

The measure would place the following question to a vote of the people: “Do you favor the legalization of adult–use cannabis in the State of Maryland?” If approved, the legislature would then be required to establish rules for the “use, distribution, possession, regulation, and taxation of cannabis within the state.”

If the measure makes it to the ballot and is approved, marijuana would become legal on July 1, 2023.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.