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By NORML on February 21, 2013
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ANNAPOLIS, MD — Hot on the heels of the introduction of a bill to tax and regulate marijuana in Maine earlier today, Delegate Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore) has filed legislation in Maryland that would end his state’s prohibition on marijuana and regulate its possession, use, and sale for adults over the age of 21.

marijuana leaf 2House Bill 1453 would create a system to regulate and tax cannabis in a manner similar to how the state handles alcohol.

It would instruct the Maryland comptroller to license marijuana retail stores, wholesale facilities and testing facilities and apply an excise tax of $50 per ounce on wholesale sales.

The excise tax revenue would go to fund treatment programs to prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. You can read the full text of this proposal here.

The winds of reform are blowing strongly at our backs, with Maryland entering the fray, there is currently a total of six states (MaineNew HampshirePennsylvaniaRhode Island, and Vermont) with pending legislation to legalize marijuana for adult consumption.