Poll: Majority of Maryland Voters Support Regulating and Taxing Marijuana; Only 38% Opposed

October 3, 2013

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Read "The War on Marijuana in Black and White" -- a report on racial disparities in marijuana arrests



Meredith Curtis, ACLU of Maryland, 410-889-8555media@aclu-md.org
Rachelle Yeung, Marijuana Policy Project, 202-905-2034ryeung@mpp.org


Statements below from the ACLU of Maryland and the Marijuana Policy Project


BALTIMORE - A majority of Maryland voters (53%) support making marijuana legal for adults and regulating it like alcohol, according to a survey conducted last weekend by Public Policy Polling. Only 38% said they were opposed.


The poll also found that more than two-thirds (68%) support removing criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and replacing them with a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $100 with no possibility of jail time. Only 26% said they were opposed. Under current Maryland law, it is a criminal offense for a person to possess a small amount of marijuana, and he or she can be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and fined up to $500. 


The survey of 678 randomly selected Maryland voters was conducted September 27-29 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8%. The full results are available at the ACLU of Maryland website.


Statement from Rachelle Yeung, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project:


"Most Maryland voters recognize that marijuana prohibition has failed and believe it is time to adopt a more sensible approach. By regulating marijuana like alcohol we can take marijuana sales out of the underground market and put them behind the counters of legitimate, tax-paying businesses. Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and it is time to treat it that way."


Statement from Sara Love, public policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland: 


"Our current marijuana prohibition policies are grossly ineffective. It's time to take a commonsense approach to public safety and criminal justice. We should not be wasting resources arresting people simply for possessing marijuana. Enforcement of these misguided marijuana laws is having a disproportionate and detrimental impact on communities of color. A majority of voters agree it is time for a change."


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