Today could be the day Maryland legalizes adult-use cannabis.
Voters in the Free State will have their say on Question 4, which proposes legalizing adult-use cannabis, in today’s elections. The measure, which was certified in August by Secretary of State John Wobensmith, asks voters: “Do you favor the legalization of the use of cannabis by an individual who is at least 21 years of age on or after July 1, 2023, in the State of Maryland?”
Polls close at 8 p.m. ET.
As CBT Associate Editor Tony Lange reported, “Question 4 appears to be a shoo-in for passage with 63% of likely voters surveyed Oct. 20-23 supporting the measure, according to a poll from Baltimore Sun Media and the University of Baltimore.
That 63% figure, while a clear majority, is less enthusiastic than a Sept. 22-27 poll from The Washington Post and the University of Maryland which says 73% of registered Maryland voters approve of cannabis legalization while just 23% oppose and 4% have no opinion.
If Maryland approves of Question 4, it would become the latest East Coast state to legalize adult-use cannabis, joining New Jersey, which launched adult-use sales in April, and New York, which is expected to launch sales before the end of the year.
We’ll have updates throughout the evening as to whether or not Maryland becomes the next state to legalize adult-use cannabis. In the meantime, be sure to follow Cannabis Business Times on Twitter and LinkedIn, and check out all of our Maryland coverage here.