Throughout its history many great things have transpired in the trailblazing state of Maryland. From serving as the birthplace of the United States Naval Academy, to bearing witness to one of the first calls for freedom in 1774 – from British tyranny. Maryland residents have demonstrated the mental toughness that’s earned them the nickname “Free State”.
As over four thousand freedom loving residents from Maryland have already reached out to their state representatives, in a show of support for House Bill 1453; a bill that if passed – would decriminalize the use of marijuana. Won’t you consider the cost of your inaction…and help out?
The freedom of your loved ones may depend on it.
by Paul Armentano – NORML will be among a number of advocacy groups in Annapolis tomorrow to testify in favor of House Bill 1453, which seeks to legalize and regulate adult marijuana consumption in Maryland.
NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre will be testifying before members of the House Committee on the Judiciary. The Committee is scheduled to hear the measure on Tuesday, March 19 at 1:00pm. Excerpts of Allen St. Pierre’s written testimony appears below.
It is time for Maryland lawmakers to give serious consideration to this proposal. Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition and replacing it with regulation. The historic votes on Election Day in Colorado and Washington – where, for the first time ever, a majority of voters decided at the ballot box to abolish cannabis prohibition – underscore this political reality.
… Despite more than 70 years of federal marijuana prohibition, Americans’ consumption of and demand for cannabis is here to stay. It is time for state lawmakers to acknowledge this reality. It is time to stop ceding control of the marijuana market to untaxed criminal enterprises and it is time for lawmakers to impose common-sense regulations governing cannabis’ personal use by adults and licensing its production. A pragmatic regulatory framework that allows for limited, licensed production and sale of cannabis to adults – but restricts use among young people – best reduces the risks associated with its use or abuse.
You can read Allen’s entire written testimony to the Committee here.
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