The legalization of recreational marijuana is coming to Maryland but probably not this year or any time soon, according to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.
“It’s going to happen,” Miller said. “I’m not advocating it but it’s going to happen.”
The legislature will most likely begin the conversation about legalizing the recreational use of marijuana this year. Bills to make it legal for people 21 and over to possess and smoke in their own homes is being sponsored by Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin, D-Montgomery, and Del Curt S. Anderson, D-Baltimore City.
But Miller, ever the political pragmatist, cautions that the drug will likely not be legalized in Maryland with Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, and Gov. Martin J. O’Malley in opposition.
Still, it’s coming, Miller said.
“It’s going to happen in my lifetime,” Miller said. “It probably won’t happen during my tenure as president of the Senate but it’s going to happen.”