Governor Signs Law Legalizing Recreational Use off Marijuana in Maryland

New Law Expands Use Beyond Medical Prescriptions

governor-signs-law-legalizing-recreational-use-off-marijuana-in-marylandIn the wake of a voter referendum in November 2022, calling for the state of Maryland to legalize the sale and production of cannabis for adult use, Governor Wes Moore signed a bill in May, 2023, establishing rules and procedures for the recreational use of marijuana. The new law requires that cannabis be sold through licensed retailers and imposes a 9% sales tax on all sales. Under the bill, up to 300 retail licenses will be issued across the state. Dispensaries may not be operated within 500 feet of schools, daycare facilities, playgrounds, libraries, recreational centers or public parks. Companies already licensed to dispense medical marijuana under existing state laws may apply for “dual licensure.”

Citing statistics that showed that the criminalization of marijuana disproportionately affected low income communities and communities of color, Governor Moore said that the new law should help lift those communities.

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