Rally on marijuana reform held Thursday in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Advocates for the reform of Maryland’s marijuana laws will join Del. Heather Mizeur, D-Montgomery, for a rally on Lawyers Mall in Annapolis Thursday.

More than 75 people are expected to attend the 11 a.m rally. Speakers will include representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the American Civil Liberties Union and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, as well as several of the lead sponsors of marijuana reform legislation in the General Assembly.

The House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony Thursday on bills that include expansion of the state's medical law, decriminalization of possession of small quantities of marijuana and legalization.

Mizeur, candidate for governor, is the lead sponsor of the Maryland Marijuana Decriminalization Act , which would replace criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana with a civil fine of $100. For individuals under 21, criminal penalties would be replaced with drug education classes and would also include parental notification requirements for those under 18.

Mizeur is also a cosponsor of the Marijuana Control Act of 2014 , which would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. In November, she became one of the first gubernatorial candidates in the country to support marijuana legalization when she proposed that the tax revenue be put directly into funding universal prekindergarten. 

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