In The Courts Marijuana Special: Explaining Maryland's Question 4 & current laws in DC and VA
Just weeks after President Biden pardoned marijuana-related sentences, Maryland voters will either legalize recreational marijuana or not with ballot question 4 on November 8th. In this special episode of "In The Courts" with Katie Barlow, she breaks down the ballot question and current discussion in the state on both sides; as well as where laws stand in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and at the federal level.
A key issue on the ballot as early voting opens in Maryland is the legalization of marijuana. In this election special, FOX 5's Katie Barlow breaks down the measure & also looks at laws across the DMV.
This includes an explanation of the measure and what it will mean in Maryland as voters go to the polls. It also looks at the current state of marijuana access in D.C., where marijuana isn't fully legal but "gifting" and decriminalization has made it easier for people to purchase and use marijuana in the District. Virginia - where it's currently legal but possibly facing a challenge by conservative governor Glenn Youngkin is also discussed. Finally, where things stand at a federal level - weeks after President Biden pardoned marijuana-related sentences, discussing the fight at the federal level to legalize marijuana.
Maryland legalized medicinal marijuana in 2014 and at the time the rollout was slow. Then and now, Eugene Monroe, who used to play for the Baltimore Ravens has advocated for marijuana legalization and is the chairman of the "Yes on 4" campaign. He discusses his own experiences with medical marijuana and its impact on sports injuries and recommendations also to professional leagues who can turn to it for relief for players.
In The Courts Marijuana Special: Talking with Eugene Monroe chairs the Yes on 4 campaign
Former Baltimore Ravens player Eugene Monroe is an advocate for marijuana legalization and chairs the Yes on 4 campaign, which seeks to legalize marijuana in the state of Maryland. He turned to marijuana medically when dealing with pain and inflammation due to sports-related injuries and also supports professional leagues rethinking their regulations and adding research for sports-related injuries. He also noted that 3 out of 10 counties in Maryland have high arrest rates.
READ MORE: Maryland Marijuana Vote: Arguments for and against legalizing recreational use
While there is bipartisan support for legalization of marijuana, opponents question the motive of the ballot initiative: to get more people to the polls (a claim being made against Democrats), or issues to be caused by opening up a new industry in the state. Will Jones, with "Smart Approaches to Marijuana," discusses the concern with legalization in Maryland.
In The Courts Marijuana Special: Will Jones on the opposing side of legalization in Maryland
Will Jones is a firefighter in Washington D.C, and works with Smart Approaches to Marijuana. SAM is not against decriminalization and moving forward with rethinking criminal justice - but is against the growth of a marijuana industry and its impacts.
Marijuana laws in D.C., Maryland, Virginia: What you need to know
FOX 5's Katie Barlow breaks down the latest with marijuana laws in the DMV from the District cracking down on gifting and Maryland legalizing recreational cannabis.
Marijuana industry pioneer talks pot business in D.C.
Marijuana industry pioneer Linda Mercado Greene sits down with FOX 5's Katie Barlow to talk all about the pot business in D.C., being one of the first black women in the country to get a cannabis license to sell and what it's like running her shop Anacostia Organics.
Will marijuana be legalized on the federal level?
FOX 5's Katie Barlow discusses President Biden's pardoning of marijuana possession convictions and how the system has disproportionately arrested and convicted many more people of color than white people even though the use of pot is about the same regardless of race.
Marijuana legalization: The big picture
FOX 5's with Katie Barlow shares her final thoughts on marijuana legalization and what the Supreme Court has to say about it.
READ MORE: Legalizing marijuana in Maryland could hurt smaller dispensaries
To watch the entire special in full, check out FOX 5 DC on YouTube - where you can also find Election 2022 content and more clips from "In The Courts," in addition to clips on the show's page right here on fox5dc.com.
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