Things You Need to Know about the New Cannabis Laws in Maryland

The Basic Rules for the Legalization of Marijuana in Maryland

things-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-cannabis-laws-in-marylandWith voter support from a state-wide referendum last November, the Maryland legislature has passed legislation (and Governor Moore has signed) legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the Old Line State. Let’s look at some of the details of what that means for Marylanders.

  • When will the law officially go into effect?—The effective date for the legal use of cannabis (now the official name for marijuana in Maryland) is July 1, 2023
  • What are the age requirements to purchase weed in Maryland?—Unless you have a medical prescription, you must be at least 21 years of age (you can get a medical care if you are over the age of 18). Anyone purchasing recreational marijuana will be required to show a government-issued form of identification.
  • How much cannabis can you purchase at a time?—The law limits single purchases to 750 mg of THC at one time, regardless of the form in which it comes. You are also limited to 1.5 ounces of flower or 12 grams of concentrated cannabis in your possession at any time. Possession of more than 1.5 ounces, but less than 2.5 ounces, will subject you to a civil fine. Possession of more than 2.5 ounces may lead to criminal charges.

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