As regular readers of our website probably know, the Libertarian Party of Maryland is a member of the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland, working to capitalize on last year’s success in passing a marijuana decriminalization bill. In this year’s session of the General Assembly, we are advocating for a legalization bill (with tax and regulate) and a second bill to include paraphrenalia within the coverage of decriminalization.
In anticipation of next Monday’s lobby night, the coalition sponsored a legislator’s only briefing on marijuana policy, giving legislators the opportunity to pose questions to state officials from Colorado and Washington, states which have experience with legalized marijuana. In addition, the coalition held a press conference. The video above is a portion of the press conference, featuring Colorado State Representative Jonathan Singer. In addition, Seattle’s city attorney, Pete Holmes made a statement which you can view by watching the second video in the playlist.
The ground rules are simple: using the 2014 ‘legalize, tax and regulate’ bill as a starting point to offer additions or deletions, or supply your own bullet point proposal, identify the outlines of your preferred marijuana legislation for Maryland in 2015. If you like, you can make a distinction between your preferred optimal legislation and what you think might pass in Maryland’s political environment. Provide your suggestions in the comments section below.
Maryland Tax And Regulate Bill Summary-Proposed bill in 2014 (courtesy of the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland): Read the rest of this entry »