Majority of Maryland Voters Support Marijuana Legalization, Poll Finds

According to a Goucher poll released this week, 52 percent of Maryland voters approve of recreational marijuana legalization.

Additionally, when asked which substance was the most dangerous, poll respondents indicated that tobacco is widely considered the most dangerous (46 percent) and that alcohol is the next most dangerous (22 percent) — even sugar was deemed more dangerous than marijuana, with 13 percent of voters choosing that option. Only 8 percent chose marijuana as the most dangerous substance.

Maryland is considered a likely candidate for the next state to legalize marijuana. Earlier this year, Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore) proposed the Marijuana Control and Revenue Act of 2015 — the third such proposal from Del. Anderson in recent years — which would legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, allow for home cultivation, and establish a rules and regulations for a recreational industry in Maryland.

There still remains staunch opposition to cannabis law reform, however: Republican Governor Larry Hogan has voiced his opinions against legalization, and Maryland’s own U.S. Rep. Andy Harris made a notorious attempt to block legalization in Washington D.C. earlier this year.

Maryland lawmakers passed a decriminalization bill last year, which changed penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana to a simple fine.

Sources:

http://blogs.goucher.edu/intheloop/7525/goucher-poll-releases-results-on-politician-approval-ratings-local-presidential-hopefuls-transportation-vaccines-and-the-environment/

http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/2015/02/24/marijuana-legalizing-maryland-house/23928023/

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