Part 1: Compelling arguments on marijuana ballot question from both sides

Some believe the ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana represents an important step for Maryland while others worry about the drug's effect on children. Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to place a question on the ballot that, if passed, would legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older. There would be a transitional period between Jan. 1 and July 1. Question 4 asks the voter: "Do you favor the legalization of the use of cannabis by an individual who is at least 21 years of age on or after July 1, 2023, in the state of Maryland?" A yes vote would support legalizing marijuana for adults and would direct the Maryland General Assembly to pass laws for the use, distribution, regulation and taxation of marijuana.