Maryland Senate Bill 516 Regarding Cannabis Use by Adults Took Effect July 1, 2023


Maryland Senate Bill 516 Regarding Cannabis Use by Adults Took Effect July 1, 2023

Maryland Senate Bill 516 (SB 516) – which took effect on July 1, 2023 – permits adults in the Old Line State who are 21 years old or older to legally possess, home-cultivate, and purchase personal-use quantities of marijuana of up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis flower and/or 12 grams of cannabis concentrates, and up to two mature plants in a private residence.

Maryland voters approved a Marijuana Legalization Amendment in November 2022 to establish regulations governing the production and sale of cannabis to adults in the state. The approved regulations triggered the enactment of House Bill 837 (HB 837) which established new adult-use possession limits. Maryland Governor Wes Moore approved SB 516 in May 2023.

The percentage of employees in the United States workforce who tested positive for marijuana following an on-the-job accident increased to its highest level in 25 years in 2022, according to the analysis of Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) from Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, a news release from Quest Diagnostics stated.

The analysis from Quest Diagnostics found that post-accident marijuana positivity of urine drug tests in the general U.S. workforce was 7.3 percent in 2022, an increase of 9 percent compared to 6.7 percent in 2021. In addition, post-accident marijuana drug test positivity has increased by 204.2 percent in the 10-year time frame from 2012 to 2022.

“These increases in post-accident marijuana positivity correspond with legalization of marijuana in certain states,” according to the news release, which added that 21 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) have legalized the recreational use of marijuana while 38 states and D.C. have legalized medical use, although either kind of use remains illegal under federal law.

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