Just days after Maryland House committee members green-lighted an amended bill that would legalize the production and sales of recreational cannabis, the full chamber followed suit and approved a measure from Delegate C.T. Wilson (D), reported Marijuana Moment.
The bill will regulate and license the budding cannabis industry after voters overwhelmingly approved adult-use cannabis in November's midterms.
HB 556, which was passed on the second reading in the House of Delegates on Wednesday, is now pending its third and final reading before advancing to the Senate. Prior to that, the House Economic Matters Committee, which Wilson chairs, incorporated a few changes, including revised provisions that concerned delivery, social equity and the incorporation of existing medical marijuana businesses into the new market.
In February, both chambers of the General Assembly introduced a bill laying out the plan to launch a recreational cannabis market this coming July, allowing adults over 21 to possess up to …