Maryland become the 20th state to legalize recreational marijuana
Maryland is set to legalize recreational marijuana, a significant achievement for advocates after a lengthy process. On July 1, 2023, adults aged 21 and above will be able to possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis legally. The possession of up to 2.5 ounces will incur a civil penalty instead of a criminal charge.
Maryland joins 19 other states and Washington, D.C. in legalizing marijuana. The journey towards legalization involved key events, including voter approval in November 2022 and the passing of legislation to establish licensing and tax rates.
The path also included initiatives to train law enforcement officers in identifying marijuana impairment while driving. The new law offers expungement provisions for certain marijuana possession cases.