Maryland should follow the model of 18 other states and legalize marijuana. Marijuana and cannabis do not need to be a cause of violence in our communities. Instead, legalization is essential to reorient our criminal justice system towards more urgent issues.
I recognize that legalization alone will not undo the disproportionate harm that marijuana laws have had on communities of color.
As Attorney General I will:
- Advocate for a legalization bill that includes provisions for the automatic expungement of non-violent cannabis-related convictions and the direction of the tax revenues on marijuana sales towards social programs, increased education funding, and other restorative policies in traditionally over-enforced communities.
- Support a legalization process that ensures legalization creates economic opportunity in the communities that were historically most impacted by drug enforcement. Black and Brown citizens bore a disproportionate burden in the enforcement of marijuana laws, and they must share in the wealth creation opportunities that legalization could lead to. This means ensuring racial equity in the companies and joint ventures that become licensed to distribute marijuana in Maryland.