Maryland Guide

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Upcoming Election
Maryland General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Race for Governor
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Nancy Wallace (G) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

"Marijuana should be legalized at the federal and state level. Responsible use by adults should be regulated only to the extent necessary to prevent harm to others and reliable purchasing decisions, so "you know what you're getting" with regards to THC, no additives, organic or non-organic, etc. Standard Uniform Commercial Code requirements for honesty in business transactions and financial accountability for fraudulent transactions must apply. I support taxing marijuana sales at the standard sales tax level without additional taxes or financial burdens. I support labeling the source of marijuana as to US or non-US production, to protect our residents against pesticides and other toxic chemicals which may be allowed in other countries. Safe, straightforward use of known-strength marijuana is a positive step forward for the US. It will also reduce the destruction of peace and democracy in other countries that are currently supplying the drug illegally. As governor, I will help all those damaged by this inexcusable mis-management of marijuana through decades of Republic and Democratic administrations, at the Maryland and federal levels."

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David Lashar (L) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

"Not only do I support medical cannabis. But also, I implemented the Maryland IT systems to enable medical cannabis when I was CIO of our Dept. of Health in 2016."

D
Dan Cox (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for Attorney General
A+
Anthony Brown (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for U.S. House District 2
B+
Dutch Ruppersberger (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for U.S. House District 3
B+
John Sarbanes (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for U.S. House District 5
A
Steny Hoyer (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for U.S. House District 6
A+
David Trone (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for U.S. House District 7
A
Kweisi Mfume (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for U.S. House District 8
A+
Jamie Raskin (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State Senate District 6
C-
John Salling (R) DECRIMINALIZE

Responding to a 2018 questionnaire with the Baltimore Sun, Salling said that he does not support the legalization of recreational marijuana and that he only supports medical marijuana.

Race for State Senate District 12
B
Clarence Lam (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State Senate District 13
B
Race for State Senate District 15
B+
Brian Feldman (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for State Senate District 16
Race for State Senate District 20
A
William Smith (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State Senate District 22
Race for State Senate District 29
Race for State Senate District 37
B
Johnny Mautz (R) DECRIMINALIZE
Race for State Senate District 41
Race for State Senate District 45
Race for State House District 6
B+
Robin Grammer (R)

Del. Grammer voted in favor of reducing penalties for marijuana use and sits on the state's official Marijuana Legalization Work Group

C-
Bob Long (R)

In a 2018 survey, Long stated that he supports the legalization of medical marijuana but is "personally against" legalizing recreational marijuana use; he followed that by saying that if recreational marijuana were legalized, he would want the tax revenue to go towards drug education programs.

F
Race for State House District 16
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B+
B+
Sara Love (D)
Race for State House District 17
A
Kumar Barve (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
A
Julie Palakovich Carr (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

In the 2020 legislative session, Palakovich-Carr sponsored HB1400 (which would make possession more legal and direct marijuana tax revenue to education) as well as HB550 (which would decriminalize possession up to one ounce)

Race for State House District 20
A
Race for State House District 27C
Race for State House District 29A
Race for State House District 36
D-
Steven Arentz (R) DECRIMINALIZE JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION
Race for State House District 38B
C-
Carl Anderton (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 44A
B
Joe Hooe (R)
Race for U.S. Senate
B
Chris Van Hollen (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 12A
A
Jessica Feldmark (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
B
Terri Hill (D) DECRIMINALIZE
Your Elected Officials
Governor
C
Larry Hogan (R) MEDICAL USE MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION

Based on responses to our Maryland NORML's 2019 candidate survey and other available records, Governor Larry Hogan vetoed paraphernalia decriminalization - Vetoed changing public consumption from criminal charge to civil fine - Did not sign expungement bill - Does not support adult use (only supports medical)

U.S. Senate
B
Chris Van Hollen (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE
U.S. Senate
C
Ben Cardin (D) MEDICAL USE MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION
Cardin is not on the record as supporting any changes in federal marijuana laws, not even medical marijuana.
U.S. House District 1
F
U.S. House District 2
B+
Dutch Ruppersberger (D) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 3
B+
John Sarbanes (D) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 4
A+
Anthony Brown (D) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 5
A
Steny Hoyer (D) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 6
A+
David Trone (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. House District 7
A
Kweisi Mfume (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. House District 8
A+
Jamie Raskin (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 3
B
Ron Young (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 6
C-
John Salling (R) DECRIMINALIZE

Responding to a 2018 questionnaire with the Baltimore Sun, Salling said that he does not support the legalization of recreational marijuana and that he only supports medical marijuana.

State Senate District 12
B
Clarence Lam (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 13
B
State Senate District 15
B+
Brian Feldman (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Senate District 20
A
William Smith (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 37
F
Addie Eckardt (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 38
D
State House District 3B
B
Ken Kerr (D)
State House District 4
D
D
Dan Cox (R) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 6
F
C-
Bob Long (R)

In a 2018 survey, Long stated that he supports the legalization of medical marijuana but is "personally against" legalizing recreational marijuana use; he followed that by saying that if recreational marijuana were legalized, he would want the tax revenue to go towards drug education programs.

B+
Robin Grammer (R)

Del. Grammer voted in favor of reducing penalties for marijuana use and sits on the state's official Marijuana Legalization Work Group

State House District 12
B
Terri Hill (D) DECRIMINALIZE
A
Jessica Feldmark (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State House District 16
A+
B+
B+
Sara Love (D)
State House District 17
A
Kumar Barve (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
A
Jim Gilchrist (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Sponsored HB1264 in 2018, which would have legalized recreational use for people 21+ and would have legalized possession of up to one ounce of marijuana 

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Julie Palakovich Carr (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

In the 2020 legislative session, Palakovich-Carr sponsored HB1400 (which would make possession more legal and direct marijuana tax revenue to education) as well as HB550 (which would decriminalize possession up to one ounce)

State House District 20
A
State House District 37A
State House District 37B
D
Christopher Adams (R) DECRIMINALIZE
B
Johnny Mautz (R) DECRIMINALIZE
State House District 38B
C-
Carl Anderton (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
State House District 43
A
Curt Anderson (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE
B