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Maryland House approves recreational marijuana legislation

February 26th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Maryland voters would decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana in November, under a bill approved by the House of Delegates on Friday. The House voted 96-34 for the constitutional amendment, sending it to the Senate. The House also voted 92-37 for a separate bill that includes initial steps that would be taken if voters approve. However, issues relating to licensing and taxation would be taken up by lawmakers next year. 

The Senate is considering a separate bill that would put a regulatory framework in place sooner without a constitutional amendment. 
Under the House legislation, recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over would be legal July 1, 2023.

It would make changes in criminal law and create automatic expungements of past marijuana possession convictions. It also would automatically expunge the conviction of anyone previously found guilty of simple possession of marijuana, if it was the only charge in the case. In addition, it allows for resentencing of those convicted of marijuana charges.