Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Posted by Thomas Brown | Dec 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

In November 2022, voters approved an amendment to Maryland's constitution legalizing the adult use of recreational marijuana. The legislature must pass legislation governing licensing, regulation, and taxation to allow adults to buy marijuana starting July 1, 2023.

Starting in January 2023, possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana is punishable only by a civil fine. In July 2023, adults 21 and older can possess 1.5 ounces of marijuana or up to two plants for personal use.

                      When will pot become legal in Maryland?

Starting July 1, 2023, the ballot initiative will legalize personal possession of up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana for adults 21 and older. After that, possession of more than 1.5 ounces but less than 2.5 ounces will be punishable by a civil fine of up to $250. Possession of more than 2.5 ounces will be punishable by up to six months in jail or a fine of up to $1,000.

                      Can I smoke legally now?

For most people, not yet. But the state's medical marijuana program remains open for Marylanders with medical marijuana cards. Otherwise, until July, marijuana remains illegal but decriminalized in Maryland. Currently, possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana carries a $100 civil fine. Decriminalization will be expanded up to 1.5 ounces from Jan. 1 to June 30.

                    Can you grow weed at home?

Yes. The initiative will allow adults to grow up to two cannabis plants in their home, out of the public view, starting July 1.

                     Will selling pot be legal?

No. Selling marijuana without the proper licensing will remain illegal under the new law, classified as a misdemeanor and punishable by up to three years or a fine of up to $5,000.

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Thomas Brown

Mr. Brown has been a trial attorney for his entire legal career. He appears in court on a daily basis representing criminal defendants in trials, preliminary hearings, violation of probation and bail reviews in District and Circuit Court. In addition to his extensive jury trial experience in Ceci...


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