According to a new PPP poll commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Marijuana Policy Project, 53 percent of voters in Maryland would support a marijuana legalization law similar to the ones recently passed in Washington State and Colorado. Only 38 percent of voters in the state oppose this change while another 8 percent are undecided.
The poll also found there was overwhelmingly support for at least reducing the penalties for marijuana use. Among Maryland voters 68 percent would support a bill to make possession of a small amount of cannabis only a $100 civil fine.
It appears the victories in 2012 have really accelerated support for legalization across the county. Voters now see it as a real option and want to try it in their own state.
Unfortunately for the people of Maryland there is no ballot initiative process in the state. They will have to wait for the state legislature to change the law, that could take awhile. Politicians across the country have been depressingly slow at responding to the electorate’s desires when it comes to issues around marijuana reform.
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