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Maryland Governor Candidate Backs Marijuana Legalization

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Maryland marijuana legalizationMaryland Democratic Governor candidate Heather R. Mizeur came out in support of marijuana legalization and using the money it brings in to pay for pre-Kindergarten education. According to her plan, marijuana legalization could generate up to $157.5 million in new revenue each year. According to the Washington Post:

“Marijuana’s time as a controlled, illegal substance has run its course,” Mizeur says in her plan. “Marijuana laws ruin lives, are enforced with racial bias and distract law enforcement from serious and violent crimes. … A Maryland with legalized, regulated and taxed marijuana will mean safer communities, universal early childhood education and fewer citizens unnecessarily exposed to our criminal justice system.”

Under Mizeur’s plan for legalization, marijuana would be subject to an excise tax of $50 per ounce at the point of sale between cultivators and retailers. There would also be a 6 percent sales tax and 2 percent excise tax at the point of sale.

I expect candidates to come out more and more in support of marijuana reform now that it’s the hip thing to do. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. I remember a good friend of mine who is a lobbyist here in Oregon told me that politicians would never come out in support of marijuana. “It is political suicide.” he would always tell me. Well what about now Joel!? It’s only a matter of time before marijuana is legalized nationwide!

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  1. “It’s only a matter of time before marijuana is legalized nationwide!” I couldn’t agree with you more, JG. Our cannabis culture is shifting, and people are too smart to take part in peanut gallery conversation any longer.

    Maryland gubernatorial candidate Mizeur speaks the truth when she says “Marijuana laws ruin lives, are enforced with racial bias and distract law enforcement from serious and violent crimes. … A Maryland with legalized, regulated and taxed marijuana will mean safer communities, universal early childhood education and fewer citizens unnecessarily exposed to our criminal justice system.”

    Politicians will soon have to come up with new anti-marijuana rhetoric because everyday more and more facts and people are echoing Mizeur’s sentiments.

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  2. I once represented a governor candidate who wanted to legalize marijuana and they called him nuts. But then Gatewood Galbraith ran when things were a little different. Back in 1991 people didn’t think the same as we do today but then I believe it is thanks to Gatewood, Jack Herer and all the other freedom fighters in this country who educated the public to the advantages of hemp.

  3. We are at critical mass on this issue in this country. The cream is rising to the top in the form of brave elected officials that have had enough of the drug war lies. They understand that we need to work together to be a more perfect union, not continue to divide the electorate until the grassroots are so trampled and compacted that it gives up.

    Make the effort to let your representatives know how you feel, and that you aren’t afraid of them changing laws that will bring us from drug war to the drug peace era.

    Say it so they can hear it. http://norml.org/act , http://www.mpp.org/takeaction/

    These sites make it easy to send the message no matter where you live.

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