Advocates in Maryland on Thursday launched a campaign backing the November ballot question about legalizing cannabis for adults. The Yes on 4 campaign launched on Thursday with a website and a video.
“We all need to vote YES to end the war on weed and bring new money for small businesses, education and public services. Maryland is home to three of the top ten counties across the US for the highest marijuana possession incarcerations. Maryland already has a highly successful medical cannabis industry – but not everyone can use this market right now. Now is the time to legalize cannabis for all adults.” — Yes on 4 campaign website.
The campaign is chaired by former National Football League player-turned-cannabis businessman Eugene Monroe.
“Passing Question 4 will put an end to the failed criminalization of cannabis, create a well-regulated legal marijuana market centered around equity, and open up new doors for local entrepreneurs and small business owners,” Monroe says in a statement posted to the campaign website. “I hope every Marylander will vote yes on Question 4 this November.”
Putting the issue on November ballots was approved in April by state lawmakers. If the measure passes, Marylanders who are at least 21 will be able to legally possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis and grow two cannabis plants, beginning July 1, 2023.
According to election finance data outlined by the Washington Post, the campaign is being initially funded primarily by medical cannabis company Trulieve, which donated $50,000. Blended Public Affairs, the only other donor listed, gave $100.
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