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Maryland just voted to legalize marijuana. Here’s what happens next

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Congratulations, Maryland!

The Old Line country has formally legalized recreational cannabis via Question 4. He authorized the constitutional amendment by a margin of 65% to 35%.

vote section follows from two bills –HB 1 And the HP 837—In the Maryland legislature earlier this year.

The former actually allows ballot certification in November, while the latter provides some limited ground rules for the state’s adult cannabis use program. However, lawmakers still have to craft much of the program’s regulatory and licensing framework through new legislation.

Here’s what happens next.

no not yet. Maryland will decriminalize and then legalize possession in two phases.

Effective January 1, 2023, the state of Maryland will consider possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis a civil crime. (Maryland Vote for decriminalization Possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis in 2013. The charge is still punishable by no more than a $100 fine.)

Full legalization won’t start (in terms of tenure, at least) until July 1, 2023… a full seven months after the vote. At this point, the tenure laws will change.

How much can i have?

From July 1, 2023, every adult 21 years of age or older will be able to own up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis. Possession of 1.5 ounces to 2.5 ounces will only be subject to a fine, and is not a criminal offense.

When can I legally buy marijuana?

Maryland lawmakers will need to finish drafting program guidelines and regulations before recreational sales begin. Lawmakers recently said to Baltimore Sun Those rec . sales It may not be launched Until 2025.

Can I grow cannabis at home?

Yes, adults can grow up to two cannabis plants at home.

Will there be new retail marijuana stores?

yes. HB 837 provides for the creation of the Cannabis Aid Fund, which will use funds from the state budget, to provide grants, loans, and assistance in licensing applications for small businesses, women-owned businesses, and minority-owned businesses.

Unlike these stock licenses, existing invoices do not provide details about licensing the new business.

Will marijuana be taxed?

It’s a safe bet that Maryland will tax cannabis, but lawmakers still need to know the rates with subsequent legislation. Neither HB1 nor HB 837 includes tax-related language.

Is there a wholesale write-off process?

yes.

HB 837 provides automatic write-off for individuals charged only with possession of cannabis. The bill would require the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to write off these records by July 2024.

Individuals previously charged with intent to distribute can also petition for disqualification, after serving three years of their sentence.

Can my city ban cannabis stores?

Neither law contains language regarding town and county opt-out procedures.

Can retail marijuana stores advertise?

Neither law contains language regarding cannabis advertising. However, it calls for the creation of an advisory board that will make recommendations on the Declaration and other regulations.

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