Feb 11, 2022
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As the cannabis legalization effort begins to pick up in the House, we’re hosting virtual lobby days next Wednesday and Thursday for constituents to meet with their lawmakers and let them know this issue is important to them.
Lobby days will start at 8 a.m. on both Wednesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 17. If you're available to join a meeting with lawmakers for any length of time during these lobby days, please register here. We'll follow up to confirm what time(s) you're available.
It’s important your lawmakers hear from you! Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with them and raise your voice in support of equitable legalization. You can check out some tips for lobbying on cannabis legalization here.
As a reminder, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear both HB 1 and HB 837 — companion legislation to refer the question of legalization to voters on the November ballot — on Monday, February 14 at 10 a.m. The hearing is virtual, and you can tune in on the legislature’s website.
You can check out our summary of HB 837 here. While we’re encouraged the House is prioritizing legalization and implementation, we’re urging the legislature to strengthen the bills. Sharing, home cultivation, and making brownies at home would remain jailable offenses, and possession wouldn’t become legal until a year from July. You can also check out our suggestions to improve HB 837 here to help us advocate for these changes at lobby days.
Be sure to reach out to your lawmakers in support of equitable legalization before the hearing, and we hope to see you at our lobby days next week.
Together, we can end cannabis prohibition in Maryland!