Proponents of an effort to legalize and tax marijuana in Maryland will end a failed war on drugs and the criminalization of portions of the state’s population.
And money, of course. One bill that will be sponsored by Del. Curt Anderson, D-Baltimore City, and Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin, D-Montgomery, projects that the money raised from the taxing of pot sales could generate $100 million for the state. [subscriber access]
Not everyone is buying into the arguments.
“That’s all just a smoke screen,” said Mike Gimbel, a former director for the Baltimore County Bureau of Substance abuse.
For Gimbel, the reasons behind the legalization effort are much more simple.
“Baby boomers should just be honest,” Gimbel said. “Just say ‘We want to legalize pot because we want to get high and if there are consequences: more kids getting high, people stoned at work, more car accidents then so be it.”
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