Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will be holding a public hearing this Tuesday to discuss Senate Bill 658, a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis for adults in the state. A second proposal to decriminalize cannabis possession will also be discussed.
If approved into law, Senate Bill 658 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to 6 plants. The measure would also legalize state-licensed cannabis retail outlets.
“Marijuana arrests and prosecutions are costing us more than $100 million a year, and they are ruining the futures of thousands of our own citizens for doing something that our last four or five presidents readily admitted to doing themselves,” says Senator Jamin Raskins, the primary sponsor of the measure. “Alcohol prohibition didn’t work, and marijuana prohibition is not working, and it’s time to have a serious discussion about it.”
The committee will also be holding a hearing – during the same meeting – for Senate Bill 364, a proposal which would make the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis a simple fine, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor.
The hearing will take place at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 25th.