Md. County Stakeholders Would Like to See Changes to Marijuana Law

As Maryland’s foray into legalized cannabis nears the one-month mark, some local government leaders are dissatisfied with the state framework that they say doesn’t account for local zoning needs and fails to provide counties with sufficient revenue.

Some council members in Howard and Baltimore counties, along with the head of the main lobbying and advocacy group for Maryland county government, have reiterated that the state’s new recreational marijuana law is problematic and should be changed.

Citing unclear zoning regulation and a revenue structure that allows Maryland counties to receive only a fraction of a percentage of the state sales tax on marijuana, Michael Sanderson, the executive director of Maryland Association of Counties, as well as Howard County Council Member Deb Jung and Baltimore County Council Member David Marks, expressed reservations about the current legislation.