As the US House voted to advance the MORE Act today, Maryland lawmakers announced a triumph of their own: An amendment to legalize recreational cannabis will appear on the November ballot.

Furthermore, lawmakers also finalized HB 837, a separate framework bill for the program, should voters approve legalization in November. That bill will require the signature of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

HB 837 lays out a few basic guidelines for the program:

  • Adults would be able to purchase and possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis.
  • Possession of 1.5 ounces to 2.5 ounces would be subject only to a fine, and not be considered a criminal offense.
  • Adults would be able to grow two cannabis plants at home.
  • The state would automatically expunge the records of individuals…

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