Maryland Senator to File Cannabis Legalization Bill – Ganjapreneur – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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This article was written by Ethan McLeod and originally published by Outlaw Report.

A progressive Maryland state senator plans to file legislation next week to fully legalize recreational cannabis, leading with a framework geared toward social equity and criminal justice reform.

Sen. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore), who is drafting the bill in partnership with the ACLU of Maryland, wants to allow households to grow their own cannabis, direct more than half of tax revenue from recreational sales to communities harmed by the war on drugs, vacate previous weed-related convictions, along with other steps that put equity at the fore of the state’s transition to adult-use legalization.

“The equity is the primary motivation,” Carter told The Outlaw Report in an interview. “Marijuana legalization in and of itself is secondary to the good we can do with the equity proposals in the bill.”

A civil rights attorney who served 14 years in the House of Delegates and was elected to the Maryland Senate in 2018, Carter said her proposal can serve as “a companion” to a two-page referendum proposal from colleagues in the House. That bill, pre-filed by Del. Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore) in December on behalf of House Speaker Adrienne Jones, seeks to put the question of legalization on the state’s ballot for the upcoming November general election. Maryland lawmakers could otherwise defer on creating an adult-use industry framework until 2023.

Carter said she’d rather avoid “unnecessary delay,” echoing concerns by advocates that a referendum could slow down the legalization process. She plans to file her bill during the first

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