Just days ago Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur was endorsed by the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). NORML is a nonprofit trying to “move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.”
Mizeur is a candidate in the 2014 Maryland gubernatorial election with running mate Christian minister, Delman Coates. Mizeur has a strong stance on the legalization of marijuana and has spoken public about her plans to regulate and legalize marijuana in the state of Maryland if elected governor.
By legalizing marijuana Mizeur hopes to create a stream of revenue that can be invested into early childhood education.
In her plan Mizeur has stated, “As governor, Heather Mizeur will legalize, regulate and tax marijuana generating up to $157.5 million in new annual revenue. The revenue will be used to create a dedicated funding stream for her proposed expansion of Maryland’s early childhood education system.”
“Under a Mizeur-Coates administration, giving every child a chance for success will be prioritized over locking up non-violent marijuana users, The annual cost of incarceration an inmate in Maryland is a little over $38,000-more than four times the annual cost of in-state tuition and fees at the University of Maryland, College Park.”
Mizeur predicts that a lot the regulation will fall heavily on the legislation.
Mizeur states, “As governor, Heather Mizeur will propose executive legislation to legalize and strictly regulate marijuana. The legislation will vest responsibility for implementing the law in the Office of Comptroller of Maryland, and will put in statute or require regulations on everything from licensing to advertising.”
Mizeur is the only candidate in the race for governor who has public endorsed and extensively published her plan to legalize marijuana.
Mizeur may have found an issue that connects with Maryland residents. A recent poll from the American Civil Liberties of Maryland (ACLU of Maryland) and Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) have found that 53% of voters in Maryland support taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol.
Read more of Mizeur’s plan to legalize and regulate marijuana.