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Republican Senator From Maryland To Co-Sponsor Marijuana Legalization Bill

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Maryland marijuana legalizationMaryland Senator Allan Kittleman, a Republican from Howard, stated Friday that he will co-sponsor a bill that would legalize marijuana in Maryland. The other co-sponsor of the bill is Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Montgomery. Getting bipartisan support for any bill is significant, especially a marijuana legalization bill.

The plan will propose a marijuana legalization model similar to Colorado’s. Marijuana sales would be legal, subject to state regulation, and a tax would be established. The legal age to purchase marijuana would be 21 years old, similar to Colorado’s law. Very few details have been released, so when the media says it’s going to be similar to Colorado’s, I’m assuming home cultivation will be allowed. If not, the proposed bill would be more like Washington’s model which does not allow home gardens.

“One thing most people know about me is I’m a civil libertarian,” Kittleman said, according to the Washington Post. “This isn’t something I’m doing for politics. The current way we’re dealing with marijuana and the use of it by our citizens isn’t working.”

Marijuana reform is sweeping across the country, however, we are still waiting for our first marijuana legalization victory via a state legislature. Many activists were hopeful for Maine to be the first, but dispensary owners there were able to successfully kill this year’s attempt. Rhode Island was another one on people’s radars, but the Governor in Rhode Island recently said he wouldn’t support it.

Another state that looked promising was New Hampshire, which may vote on a marijuana legalization bill this week. However, a similar vote was scheduled for last week and didn’t happen, which doesn’t sound promising. I’ve heard a lot of rumors out of Oregon about a legalization bill either being introduced in February, or a bill from last year being revived. I guess we will have to stay tuned!

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  1. What we are actually experiencing is a de facto civl war between the majority (those who embrace reason and function in the real world of cause and effect) and the prohibitionists, who, numbed by their isolation and despair, are seeking meaning in a mythical world that can never, ever, be reality-based. A world of deceit and lies, of blood and corpses—a world of complete social and economic collapse.

    Prohibitionists are not only infantile, their insatiable need to inflict suffering on the rest of us and their greed for both money and power is a threat to every single civic institution of our “once proud and free” nation. Their final objective, a drug-free society, toward which all their deceit is directed, is not even obtainable in a single maximum security prison anywhere on this planet.

    Prohibitionists claim to be protecting society, but they would gladly destroy every single liberty guaranteed by the Constitution, or even commit murder rather than admit defeat:

    “Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people.”

    —an extract from: The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences.

  2. So many “promising” states, but wouldn’t it be funny if New Mexico beat ya’ll to it? (Funny, not probable…)
    Then I wouldn’t have to move to Colorado!

  3. Maryland has a completely dysfunctional medical marijuana law–a patient cannot get it there without going to the blacik market. Hope they do better with a legalization law.