Maryland voters will likely legalize Cannabis in November, reports WBFF. A new poll shows 59% of likely voters say they will vote for the ballot measure to legalize the adult use of Cannabis. The new poll is from Goucher College.
Just 34% of the likely voters surveyed said they would vote against the measure, with 7% undecided on the issue.
During this year’s legislative session, lawmakers approved a measure that would put the question in front of voters in November. If approved, marijuana would become legal for people 21 and older on July 1, 2023.
Adults would be able to possess up to 1.5 ounces of Cannabis without penalty. Adults 21 or older could also legally grow up to two plants. Beyond 1.5 legal ounces, the measure decriminalizes up to 2.5 ounces. Criminal penalties are removed, leaving only civil penalties.
Automatic Expungement of Past Convictions
Ballot Measure 4 would also create the automatic expungement of past convictions for marijuana possession.
The poll also asked likely voters what should happen to people with prior convictions for Cannabis possession or use. Among likely voters, 62% said people with prior convictions should have those convictions expunged if the adult use of marijuana becomes legal in Maryland. Only 29% said those convictions should not be expunged, with 8% saying they weren’t sure.
The bill sets out to address criminal justice and public health issues, while also building a foundation for social equity in the industry, House Speaker Adrienne Jones’ office said in February, reports CBS Baltimore.
The poll asked the question of 748 likely voters in Maryland and has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.