Maryland recently licensed its first medical marijuana grower, but still considers Marijuana to be a schedule I drug.
Schedule I drugs: meth, heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and marijuana. One of these drugs is not like the others.
Congress has continued to classify marijuana as having no accepted medical uses and not safe for use under medical supervision, while most states, including Maryland, and science disagree. At the very minimum, marijuana should be taken off of the federal controlled substance list and states should be permitted to decide whether to legalize it without fear of federal penalty.
Alternatively, marijuana could be legalized by the federal government, taxed and regulated like alcohol and tobacco, and the tax proceeds would go towards repairing the infrastructure, updating technology, text books, and quality of the low income schools across Maryland and our nation. Additionally, the proceeds would go towards funding free four year college degrees, and paid sick and family leave programs. This would dramatically decrease the achievement gap, slow and decrease the number of people being incarcerated, eliminate the need for young people to decide whether to go $50,000-$200,000 in debt in order to make a better life for themselves, and give people the time they need to recover when sick and bond after a new child enters their lives.