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WIRE: Poll shows MD voters support regulating marijuana like alcohol

Annapolis, MD: A majority of registered Maryland voters believe that cannabis use should be legally regulated in a manner similar to alcohol, according to statewide polling data provided by Gonzalez Research & Marketing Strategies and commission by the Marijuana Policy Project.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said that they favor a change in state law “to allow marijuana to be regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol, for legal use by adults 21 years of age and older.” Forty-three percent of those surveyed opposed legalization.

Similar levels of support for regulating the adult use of cannabis have previously been reported in a number of other state and national surveys.

In 2014, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed legislation into law decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses involving ten grams or less. Last week, lawmakers overrode a 2015 veto to enact legislation decriminalizing the possession of marijuana-related paraphernalia.

For more information, please contact Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director, at: (202) 483-5500.

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