Your Rights under the New Marijuana Law in Maryland

What Is Permitted and Prohibited by Maryland’s New Cannabis Law?

Your Rights under the New Marijuana Law in MarylandIn 2022, voters in Maryland passed a referendum to allow the adult use of marijuana in the state. The Maryland General Assembly enacted a statute to govern use, sale and taxation of cannabis and the governor signed the bill into law, with adult use becoming legal effective July 1, 2023. What does the new law allow? What is still illegal in Maryland?

The New Marijuana Law—The Basics

In Maryland, it is now legal for persons aged 21 or older to have in their possession up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana flower, 12 grams of concentrated cannabis or combined cannabis products with no more than 75 grams of THC. Provided you don’t exceed these amounts in your personal possession, any cannabis will be considered “for personal use.” Individuals may not sell cannabis without the proper state license. Furthermore, the personal use of marijuana may not take place in any type of motor vehicle or in any public place, including bars, restaurants, parks, streets and sidewalks. The legalization of marijuana in Maryland does not make its use legal on federal property.

Minors (persons under the age of 21) may not possess cannabis for personal use, but may still obtain medical marijuana. Minors convicted of possessing up to 2.5 ounces of recreational marijuana will typically face fines or be ordered to treatment or educational programming for substance abuse. Possession of more than 2.5 ounces can lead to criminal sanctions.

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