November 20, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Mizeur seeks to legalize marijuana in Maryland
Heather Mizeur, Delman Coates, Montgomery County, Silver Spring, Maryland, Maryland House of Delegates, Democratic Party, gay news, Washington Blade

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur on Tuesday announced she supports the legalization of marijuana in the state.

The Montgomery County Democrat who represents Silver Spring and Takoma Park in the Maryland House of Delegates said her proposal that includes taxing the drug would raise $157.5 million a year. Mizeur said her administration would spend these additional funds on early childhood education in Maryland.

Mizeur told Bruce DePuyt of News Channel 8 on Tuesday that black Marylanders are disproportionately targeted under the state’s current marijuana laws.

“Marijuana’s time as a controlled, illegal substance really has run its course,” she said. “We know marijuana laws have ruined lives. They’re enforced with racial bias and they distract law enforcement from serious and violent crimes.”

The Montgomery County Democrat unveiled her plan to legalize marijuana in the state less than a week after she formally announced Rev. Delman Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton as her running mate.

Mizeur will face Attorney General Doug Gansler and Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown in the state Democratic primary in June. She could become the country’s first elected openly gay governor.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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  • If this does not get Heather Mizeur elected then everybody who did not vote for her deserves to be taken into custody, stripped searched, charged with something, and beaten and abused – destroying their minds for the rest of their life – and totally ruining them, making them unemployable and a burden to society.

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