Maryland Guide

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Upcoming Election
Maryland General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Race for President
A
Shawn Howard (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE MEDICAL USE
A
Howie Hawkins (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE
A
Kamala Harris (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
A-
Jo Jorgensen (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
B-
Joe Biden (D) DECRIMINALIZE

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

D+
Race for U.S. House District 1
A
Mia Mason (D)
Race for U.S. House District 2
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 U.S. House District 3
F
Charles Anthony (R)
https://redmaryland.com/2018/06/candidate-survey-charles-anthony-for-congress-district-3/
Race for U.S. House District 4
D+
George McDermott (R)
https://redmaryland.com/2018/04/candidate-survey-george-mcdermott-congress-district-4/
Race for U.S. House District 8
A
Jamie Raskin (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
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
U.S. House District 2
U.S. House District 3
U.S. House District 4
U.S. House District 5
B
U.S. House District 6
A
David Trone (D) 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
State Senate District 15
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 6
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 15
C+
Kathleen Dumais (D) MEDICAL USE JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION

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.

State House District 16
B+
B+
Sara Love (D)
State House District 17
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 

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)

State House District 20
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