Marijuana

In this Friday, March 22, 2019, file photo, a marijuana plant is seen at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ANNAPOLIS — A General Assembly committee will hold a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 16, on a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Medical marijuana is already legal in Maryland. House Bill 32 would legalize cannabis for recreational use and would expunge past marijuana-related criminal offenses.

Tax revenue from cannabis sales would be put toward Maryland’s four historically black colleges (including the University of Maryland Eastern Shore) as well as communities impacted by past drug laws and enforcement.

The Maryland House Judiciary Committee will discuss HB 32 at hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The bill legalizes personal possession and growing of small amounts of marijuana.

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