Brian Feldman (d-montgomery), Would Send The Issue To A Referendum In 2018 For Voters To Decide.

Brian Feldman (D-Montgomery), would send the issue to a referendum in 2018 for voters to decide. Legalizing marijuana for recreational use would enable citizens aged 21 years or older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use, 12 grams of cannabis-infused food/drink, 72 ounces of cannabis in a cream or gel, 5 grams of hashish oil, or any combination of the above, the laws text says. Cultivating up to six cannabis plants, of which three may be mature, would also be legal under the law. Tax revenue from cannabis sales would go toward schools, mental health programs and educational resources on the effects of marijuana Im not naive. My sense is that both these bills have a bit of an uphill battle this session, but at the same time I do feel compelled to plant a seed in the committees mind, Feldman said. This is about putting this topic on the ballot next November in 2018. Feldman rested part of his argument on shifting public opinion. Feldman said he didnt want to draw a close comparison between the legalization of same-sex marriage and the legalization of recreational cannabis, but he said, To me, and I think to a lot of folks, public opinion has shifted pretty dramatically over the last few years. When Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, People for the most part were in shock, Feldman said. Now eight states and Washington, D.C., have full legalization, he added. According to a recent Goucher Poll, a majority of Marylanders support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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