Maryland Lawmaker Pre-Files Legislation to Place Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization on State’s 2022 Ballot
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Maryland Lawmaker Pre-Files Legislation to Place Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization on State’s 2022 Ballot

House Bill 1 will be formally introduced when the Maryland General Assembly convenes on Jan. 12.

January 3, 2022

A Maryland lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would place an adult-use cannabis legalization measure on the state’s 2022 ballot.

Del. Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City), chairman of the House Cannabis Referendum and Legalization Workgroup that formed last summer to study adult-use legalization in Maryland, drafted House Bill 1, which will be formally introduced when the Maryland General Assembly convenes on Jan. 12, according to a WTOP report.

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If approved by three-fifths of the Maryland House and Senate, the bill would place the following referendum question in front of voters in November: Do you favor the legalization of adult-use cannabis in Maryland?

If voters approve the measure, the Legislature would then add an amendment to the state’s constitution and advance a law to allow adults 21 and older to possess and consume cannabis, WTOP reported.