Cannabis is coming to Baltimore, Silver Spring and several other major cities across the state of Maryland. Residents in the Bay State have voted to legalize the use of recreational cannabis. Beginning in July 2023, adults over the age of 21 will be permitted to use and possess up to 1.5 grams of cannabis. Additionally, adults will be able to have up to two cannabis plants in their possession.
Newly passed legislation in the state of Maryland builds upon previous efforts from cannabis advocates in the state. Prior to election day, possession of fewer than 10 grams was considered a civil offense with a fine of up to $100. However, fines did increase for repeat offenders. Not to mention, the possession of cannabis has been permitted in nearby Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Cannabis legalization is not the only change coming to the state of Maryland. Earlier this evening, Wes Moore made history as the state’s first Black governor.
“A short while ago, I spoke to Wes Moore and congratulated him on being elected as Maryland’s next governor. There is no higher calling than public service, and no greater honor than to serve the people of this great state,” retiring governor Larry Hogan tweeted.
“Our team is committed to ensuring a smooth and orderly transition to the next administration, and I look forward to meeting with the governor-elect in the coming days.”
BREAKING: Maryland voted to legalize recreational marijuana and possession up to 1.5oz for people 21+.
It will also create a path to expunge or re-sentence convictions. In MD, police are ~3x more likely to arrest Black people for marijuana despite equal use among white people. pic.twitter.com/SUgOFmIIAN
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 9, 2022