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Joe Biden has a history of supporting anti-drug, tough on crime policies as well as those that imposed punitive penalties for drug offenses and facilitated discrimnation against drug users.
His current criminal justice reform plan includes provisions that would decriminalize the use of cannabis and automatically expunge all prior cannabis use convictions. Read more
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)
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.
Kathleen Dumais does not support home cultivation rights for personal, non-commercial purposes and would prefer to subject people to criminal arrest and jail time than allow them this personal freedom. She is generally favorable to legalization, but has a cautions "let's slow walk this" approach to try and avoid the impression that we condone marijuana consumption behavior, especially by juveniles.
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