The state of Maryland legalized medical cannabis in 2014, through Legislative bills, Senate Bill 923 and House Bill 881, which provided a legal way for qualifying patients in the state to access and utilize medical cannabis as a form of treatment for their ailment. Access to medical cannabis is through state licensed businesses that are allowed to grow, manufacture and sell medical cannabis.
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2014 – Maryland legalized medical cannabis
2016 – Maryland awarded medical cannabis business licenses
2017 – First Maryland cannabis businesses opened and medical cannabis sales began
2019 – Maryland reopens application process for additional medical cannabis cultivation and processing licenses for minority/disadvantaged groups. Licensees have yet been announced.
MARYLAND MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSES
Maryland Medical Cannabis Cultivation – can grow medical cannabis plants and sell wholesale to other licensed Maryland Medical Cannabis Businesses. There is a limit of twenty-six (26) business licenses allowed for Maryland Medical Cannabis Cultivation within the state.
Maryland Medical Cannabis Processor – can extract, process and produce cannabis products such as edibles, concentrates, tinctures, etc and sell to dispensaries. There is a limit of thirty-eight (38) business licenses allowed for Maryland Medical Cannabis Processors within the state.
Maryland Medical Cannabis Dispensary – can purchase medical cannabis from licensed cultivation and processing facilities and sell cannabis to registered patients. There is a limit of 94 business licenses allowed for Maryland Medical Cannabis Dispensaries within the state.
MARYLAND RECREATIONAL CANNABIS ON THE BALLOT
Question 4 would amend the Maryland Constitution to add a new article, Article XX, which would authorize individuals 21 years of age or older to use and possess marijuana. The added section also authorizes the Maryland General Assembly to “provide for the use, distribution, possession, regulation, and taxation of cannabis within the state.” During the 2022 legislative session, the state legislature also passed the implementing legislation that would take effect once the amendment is adopted.
Question 4 will read:
Do you favor the legalization of the use of cannabis by an individual who is at least 21 years of age on or after July 1, 2023, in the State of Maryland?
- For the constitutional amendment
- Against the constitutional amendment
Question 4 would add a new article, Article XX, to the Maryland Constitution:
(A) Subject to Subsection (B) of this section, on or after July 1, 2023, an individual in the state who is at least 21 years old may use and possess cannabis.
(B) The General Assembly shall, by law, provide for the use, distribution, possession, regulation, and taxation of cannabis within the state.
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