Maryland Senate President Supports Cannabis Legalization, Legislation Forthcoming

Long-serving Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. announced today that he would support legislation to legalize cannabis similar to what was approvedpotleaf

“I favor the legalization and taxation of marijuana, with restrictions,” says Miller, adding that he believes support will continue to grow in coming years. “I know where people are going to be a generation or two from now.”

Miller says a legalization proposal would have a good chance of passing the Senate.

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New Poll: 80% in Maryland Support Cannabis Decriminalization, Majority Supports Full Legalization

A new poll (the annual Goucher University poll) out of Maryland has found that an overwhelming majority of the state’s residents are in support of cannabis law reform. More specifically,Cannabis-plant1 80% are in support of removing criminal penalties for cannabis possession, replacing the charge with a ticket; this is one of the first professional polls in any U.S. state to find support for such a move to be as high as 80%.

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Majority in Maryland Support Cannabis Legalization, 68% Support Cannabis Decriminalization

A new poll out of Maryland has found that 53% of those in the state support the legalization of cannabis. 68% are in support of decriminalizing the possession of up to an ounce, and 72% support medical cannabis legalization.marijuana-leaf

The poll was commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project in collaboration with the ACLU of Maryland. The results showed an 11% increase in the support for decriminalization since the last poll just 2 years ago.

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Maryland Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Legislation

Today Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted to approve House Bill 1101, sending it towards a full Senate vote. Last week the state’s House of Delegates approved the bill 108-28. If the Senate passes the measure, which it’s expected tmarylandmmo do, it will head to the governor for final approval.

If passed, the measure would authorize certain hospitals to become licensed as academic medical centers, which would allow them to legally distribute cannabis to patients. These centers and their patients would then participate in a daily study examining the medicine’s effects.

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