As Maryland’s legislators consider two cannabis legalization reforms this session, a recent survey indicates that the territory’s inhabitants second the bill.
Based on a Goucher College survey released yesterday, 67 % of Marylanders are now supporting cannabis authorization.
There is immense support throughout party lines, with 50% of Republicans, 77% of Democrats, and 66% of independents supporting cannabis legalization.
The survey arrives days after Maryland’s Senate Finance Commission held a hearing concerning an authorization reform championed by top-tier legislators, such as the administration’s president, senior committee leaders, and majority leader. This also came after a House Judiciary Commission hearing on a different marijuana proposal in February,
Legislators are making efforts to get rid of the differences between the reforms with hopes of submitting a proposal to the office of Governor Hogan Larry, who has shown that he might consider the idea.
Support for cannabis legalization has increased since 2019 when Goucher inquired about the matter; 57% of the residents seconded the idea. Only 51% supported the reform in 2013.
During a press release, Kromer Mileah (one of Goucher College’s top directors) said that the state’s General Assembly is considering a reform to authorize adult-use cannabis. Kromer added that this new initiative comes after four states voted to legalize recreational cannabis through a ballot vote last November. He also pointed out that recently Virginia and New Jersey approved recreational cannabis regulations.
He added that they’ve constantly concluded that most Marylanders back adult-use marijuana legalization; however, the Republican’s support reached 50% for the first time.
The legislation is also acquiring momentum in nearby Virginia, where legislators sent to Governor Northam Ralph’s desk a reform to end marijuana prohibition in January. In Washington D.C, the District Council Chair and Mayor Bowser Muriel recently launched two separate cannabis reforms.