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Gov. O’Malley Opposes Legalizing Marijuana in Maryland

"I've seen what drug addiction has done to the people of our state." - O'Malley

Gov. Martin O'Malley Credit: Patch
Gov. Martin O'Malley Credit: Patch

Gov. Martin O’Malley announced his opposition to legalizing marijuana in Maryland for recreational use.

O’Malley spoke about his position during the annual "Annapolis Summit" radio broadcast hosted by Marc Steiner of WEAA 88.9 FM on Wednesday, the first day of the 90-day General Assembly session.

"I’ve seen what drug addiction has done to the people of our state and the people of our city," O’Malley, a former Baltimore mayor, said, according to the The Washington Post.

The possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana use in Maryland has picked up momentum since Washington state and Colorado decriminalized the drug. The proposal could gain some traction during the current session, especially since Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has expressed support for it.

The issue could also play a role in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, which is scheduled for this June. Del. Heather Mizeur, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, released a plan late last year to that would decriminalize marijuana and use revenue from its taxation to help pay for universal pre-kindergarten.  

Both of Mizeur's rival campaigns for the Democratic nomination, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler, have previously acknowledged that the public's attitude about marijuana use has shifted, but fell short of backing legalization.  

Craig Wilson January 08, 2014 at 09:38 PM
It's not an addictive drug, unlike alcohol, and oh yeah, it cures cancer and arthritis. What a terrible drug it is. NOT.
Polly January 09, 2014 at 07:19 AM
What a freaking moron. Even Sanjay Gupta reversed his opinion on marijuana. Never was I happier to see O'Malley out soon. I'm disgusted. smh
Charity Kellner January 10, 2014 at 04:28 PM
I think it should b leagalized ..mayb if everyone smoked a joint a day the world would b much happier.i myself am an occasional smoker i smoke when i haveanxiety attacks it really works..my doctor out me o. Klonopins but why do i want to be addicted to something no id rather smoke b good and not havr to take a pill everyday same way with pain i smoke and takes my back pain athritis etc away..mayb if maryjane was legal we could get rid of the pill junkies and have less addicts addicted to the hard drugs..i believe this could also help the younger generation and cut dowm crime in few years takr all the perks away make the herion distributors have more time to do when caught..juat my opinion

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