Similar initiatives in Arkansas and North and South Dakota, however, were rejected
Maryland and Missouri both passed referendums legalizing marijuana on Election Day, bringing the total number of states that allow adult-use or recreational cannabis to 21. Similar initiatives in Arkansas and North and South Dakota, however, were rejected by voters.
In Maryland, Question 4 was overwhelmingly approved, 65.5% to 34.5%, according to figures provided by The New York Times.
The measure legalizes the purchase and possession of up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis, along with the cultivation of up to two plants for personal use. Convictions for possession of up to 2.5 ounces would be automatically expunged, while individuals convicted of possession with intent to distribute can petition to have their records cleared.
Retail sales will likely start in 2024 or 2025, after state lawmakers address taxation and regulation.
Ben Kovler is chair of Green Thumb Industries, which operates Rise dispensaries in 13 states including Maryland. He applauded voters for legalizing recreational cannabis and supporting reforms that would remove convictions for marijuana-related offenses.
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