Legal Weed? How In The Hell Did I Miss This?

Featured, News — February 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm by


Hot on the heels of the introduction of a bill to tax and regulate marijuana in Maine earlier today, Delegate Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore) has filed legislation in Maryland that would end his state’s prohibition on marijuana and regulate its possession, use, and sale for adults over the age of 21.

House Bill 1453 would create a system to regulate and tax cannabis in a manner similar to how the state handles alcohol. It would instruct the Maryland comptroller to license marijuana retail stores, wholesale facilities and testing facilities and apply an excise tax of $50 per ounce on wholesale sales. The excise tax revenue would go to fund treatment programs to prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. You can read the full text of this proposal here.

How the hell did I miss this news?  Last week Maryland Delegate Curt Anderson from Baltimore City proposed this bill.  If passed, one could posses up to one ounce of weed, and have the ability to grow up to three plants.  I mean I could have used a big fat Marley joint after watching that Maryland basketball game last night.   Who the hell doesn’t think this is a good idea?  The citizens of this state are taxed to the point of choking, don’t we need some new revenue?  And weed is goddamn harmless. believe it.  Ever see an angry stoner?  Fuck no.  How much time and money is wasted prosecuting pot smokers?  Probably plenty.  Does it make any sense to put someone in jail when all they wanna do is smoke, eat Cheetos and Ben and Jerry’s, and fuck?  No way.  But O’Malley has already said he wouldn’t sign any weed bill.  O’Malley also said he wouldn’t legalize gambling back in the day, so his word is shit.  Maybe he’ll change his  mind when he sees the money the state can make off the purple bud.  It would be nice if Maryland could become a leader in this, instead of waiting for every other state around them to make a move.  It’s high time (pun intended) to make it happen.

We’ll defer the rest of our argument to Mr. Tosh:



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