I thought Maryland was in the stone ages when it comes to cannabis. Maryland decriminalized cannabis but it is not recreationally legal. ABC news has done reports on the racial disparities on arrests for cannabis although they are decreasing. Maryland lawmakers are fighting to make cannabis recreationally legal and may achieve this fall. Whether they do or do not pass the legislation I am still good for my 4:20 needs. I will explain that later. First I want to focus on Delaware, then we’ll introduce West Virginia.
Frankly, to borrow a line from Nina Simone…West Virginia “Goddam”! Mpp. org reports “West Virginia’s 2022 legislative session adjourned on Saturday, March 12. Although several cannabis policy reforms were introduced — including bills to expand the state’s medical cannabis program, decriminalize cannabis possession, and legalize and tax cannabis for adults — none were taken up this year”.
I had no clue one can still be arrested for cannabis possession in West Virginia. Like the old days in Washington DC police would set up shop around areas they want to arrest people. Those areas were never in upscale parts of the city! The ACLU reports “West Virginia has one of the highest racial disparities in the nation, with Black people 7.3 times more likely to be arrested than white people (for cannabis). Racial disparity in arrests increased between 2010 and 2018, despite a drop in 2016. Preston County has the highest racial disparity in the state”.
Mpp.org further reports “West Virginia remains one of the 19 states that have yet to decriminalize cannabis possession. Under current law in West Virginia, a first offense for possession of any amount of cannabis carries a mandatory minimum of 90 days’ imprisonment (with a conditional discharge for up to 15 grams with probation).” Damn… a mandatory 90 days and/or probation.
I feel for you folks in West Virginia. I’m not saying this solves all your problems, but this is an option. I would cease attempting to procure cannabis on the street. It is too dangerous for you all. What do you know about Initiative 71?
In Washington DC this provision allows for the “gifting” of cannabis up to 2 ounces. Initiative 71 allows one to possess and transport cannabis in a vehicle. Public smoking and of course driving while smoking is illegal, although you may see or smell cannabis throughout the city at any given time. Initiative 71 does not allow storefronts to sell cannabis. These businesses have and will continue to be raided as many publications have reported so I would stay clear of such illegal entities.
I’ve been driving into DC from Maryland for a few years. I subscribe to Select Co-op’s Dibs list and schedule appointments to drive into the city and procure my cannabis needs. I value this service as they are consistently on time and have an amazing menu from which to choose. Check them out and I am certain you will not be disappointed. Select Co-op has edibles, concentrates, and carts as well. Taking a day trip to DC is an option you West Virginians may want to consider eliminating some of the risk you all take just to 4:20!