Proposal: All Maryland Residents Should Have a Stake in Legalization

With gross sales already in the hundreds of millions how do you include marginalized communities, historically (and currently) disproportionately effected by the “War on Drugs” and marijuana prohibition? This is a question has seemingly been on everyone’s lips and has led to legal problems and and legislative logjams all over the east coast. I think there is a better way.

Most legalization efforts and proposals rightly include a right to grow a certain number of plants at home. Across the country such plant counts generally range between 6 and 12 plants. Though some prospective gardeners have been chomping at the bit for years, most Marylanders will not have the space, time, know how or money to get such a project off of the ground. Those residents should be permitted to choose to contribute part or all of their allotted plant-count to the cooperative or cooperatives of their choosing.

These cooperatives should be permitted to grow, refine, test and sell cannabis and cannabis products. Co-ops could be focused on education, small business incubation, community building, plant diversity or just generating profits for its stakeholders. Marylanders should be given the option to allocate (or not) their plant count numbers based on what matters most to them.

Please let me know what you think about this idea in the comments below.

Published by mdcannaconsumer

A cannabis consumer since coming of age in 1990’s Kingston Jamaica. Committed to influencing cannabis legislation and regulation to promote patient-consumer interests in product-quality, affordability and safe access. I believe the best way to achieve these goals is through legalized patient home-grow and a vibrant market where businesses large and small are allowed to compete for patient preferences.

2 thoughts on “Proposal: All Maryland Residents Should Have a Stake in Legalization

  1. This is America remember? CAPITALism not PEOPLEism. Those lucky few with grow licenses ad the politicians they buy are never going to allow liberty to interfere with profits. Just a fact. There are golf fees and nice cars that need to be paid for

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    1. America is both the home to free-market capitalism and democracy, neither of which is represented by the current mostly out-of-state oligopoly. You are right, if we stay silent and cede the ground to already vested interests this will go nowhere. If we bother to reach out to our delegates, senators and governor even a fraction as much as the industry has we may be able to make something happen.

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